Monday, April 5, 2010

Another Chilly Birding Trip: Hopefully the last

Things are warming up quite readily now in northern Alabama and the woods are starting to ring with the sound of warbler song. But Just two Saturdays ago on March 27th, warm was not the case. Debi and I met on Monte Sano for a NABS walk and braved a cold chill that met us there. Debi has a wonderful write up and more pictures of this trip and you can click on her name to take you to her blog. Our first stop was the Japanese gardens in the park. I just loved this building.Our bird of the day WOULD have been a Louisiana Waterthrush....if it hadn't been so cold. And we would have seen it right here...and I would have had a picture for sure! But again...it was just too cold.Instead we saw many beautiful natural and man-made sights.Our guide suggested we drive to the Land Trust parking lot in hopes to get out of the bitter wind, but it turned out to be even more bitter here. Even this trail couldn't entice us down its wandering path.Down here we did get to see a Pileated Woodpecker that was a lifer for Debi and always a thrill. Can you see his red sunlit head? Click on the photo for a better view.And lastly I couldn't pass up a good fence photo!

To see a picture of me taking this photo be sure to click on this Debi link. And yes, I was wearing 3 coats in northern Alabama in late March!

14 comments:

Roy said...

I am glad the weather is warming up for you Evie at long last. Fabulous new header, lots of aerial perspective.

Eve said...

Thanks Roy! I was just about to change my header when your comment came through! Sometimes it's hard to change them...but we'll see them again at the end of the year!
It's 82 today! I think I must be in heaven!!!

Mike Simmons said...

Wow, 82! That's great Eve! Nice photos here - I really like the perspective on the fence. I also like your header photo!

Bird Girl said...

You & Debi braved the cold weather and I think it was worth it - so many neat pictures! I absolutely LOVE #3 - taken through the circle in the building with the Japanese bridge in view - just awesome, Eve!!!

bluekat said...

More wonderful photos to view. Thanks for braving the cold to bring them to us! That looks like a fun place to explore.

82! Awesome! Winter has returned here with rain and wind, so it's nice to know that somewhere there is warmth and sun.

Steve Borichevsky said...

We had mid 70's up here in New England. Sorry it was cold, but the photos are beautiful.

Kerry Hawkins said...

Nice Photos! I love Japanese stuff too. I hope it warms up for you

irondad said...

I have to chime in on the header photo. Although I admit it is hard to read the posts because I want to keep looking at the cheerful flowers! Very compelling.

Rural Rambler said...

OK Evis I am going to start with WooHoo that is a fantastical new header! Love the Japanese Garden shots. The valley view, beautiful. Call me crazy but I don't think you are going to see anymore bitter cold for your birding :) I see Sunny Side Up days ahead!!

Eve said...

Thanks Mike!

Hi Barb, the cold seems to be gone for a bit. Thank you! I'm glad you like the photo.

Hi Kari, hope it warms and dries up for you soon!

Thanks Steve!

Hi Kerry. I thought you might like the Japanese building.

Hi Dan! I'm glad you like the header...I noticed it was a little hard to read but with that yellow blazing a hole in your eyes....who needs to read anyway!

Hello RR a rillio! The sunny days are here! Hope they stay here at least until the 15th!!!!!!

Dog Trot Farm said...

You two girls certainly have a great time together and we blog readers get to reap the rewards, wonderful photos. Hope things are finally warming up for you Eve. Can't wait to see photos of all your wonderful gardens!

The Giraffe Head Tree said...

Hey there! I love seeing our day through your lens and reading about it via your words! Your Japanese Tea House photos are GORGEOUS! I completely missed that sweet trail at the Land Trust lot. Your new header is so YOU! Sunny and glorious! We'll have another adventure soon in much, much warmer conditions - LOL!

Mary said...

Even when the birding isn't good, you can have a nice day with friends :-) The Japanese garden is lovely...they have such a great way with shapes like that round window. You have a good eye for beauty in the ordinary. Love the photo Deb took of you!

Rural Rambler said...

Umm Evis we definitely want it to be Sunny Side Up Pretty on Wednesday the 14th right????! But we want those sunny Alabamer days all the time now :) I did the 10 day forecast and it's lookin' good in so many places :)