|As I came to the parking lane I saw the groups of folks with their binoculars, spotting scopes and cameras all trained toward the eagle nest or landing spot.|
These ladies were over by the water looking for birds in flight no doubt.
The main focus is this old dead tree. A perfect landing spot for the Eagles as they change duties from sitter to hunter...or for Bluebirds who sneak in when no one is looking!
After some time we noticed Mrs. Eagle getting antsy and sure enough here came Mr. Eagle to take her place and give her a break. You can just see him behind the trees coming in for a landing.
Making the turn to the nest. Can you see Momma below waiting somewhat patiently.
After a few minutes of debate on which way to go she headed toward us...
...made a turn...
...and was gone.
Leaving Papa to try to figure out how he got himself into this mess.
I've met some wonderful fine folks in my group and some that I'm seeing each time I head down the mountain to visit the Eagles. I even made some new friends today AND met (finally) in person, someone who's pictures I've admired quite a bit for some time!
While we were mostly focused on the Eagles we did see and hear a number of birds in the trees including Brown-headed Nuthatches and this Yellow-rumped Warbler.
One of the other groups in the distance.
A young feller keeping up with his dad in the truck! Just for fun!
AH! Here's my group! I'm liking this bunch and hope I can run into them more often! You can see the landing tree in the distance.
I bid my farewell, hoping that I wasn't the jinx that was keeping the Eagles from showing up more often, but I'm pretty sure it was me! Down the way there is another spot I know and I snuck in to see what I could see.
Not too much, but this sweet Yellow-rump or Butter Butt as some call them.
A lone House Finch...
And one of just a few Cedar Waxwings.
What I was really hoping for was a Loggerhead Shrike sitting on a post, but there was none to be had.
With the moon on the rise I decided to head home.