to my growing collection of flora photos, i can now add:
|butterfly bush? at claude moore park (further research based on a kind commenter inspired me to take another look - it's probably a lilac, which also attracts butterflies. it was on a fairly massive bush.)|
|another variety of butterfly bush? at claude moore park (wondering now if this is wisteria)|
|more azaleas, this time in white|
|carl sagan's flower, the dandelion|
|canada geese at claude moore park|
there are at least two male cardinals that frequent our back deck area. a friend pointed out to me that the absence of the crest feathers on top of their heads probably indicate that they have been fighting. having seen a female around, too, i wonder if they are battling it out for nesting/mating/territory privileges. i've yet to take a good photo of any of them, but i am content to sit and notice them when they come by. black-capped chickadees pop over to our place, and the crows are ever-present.
my big excitement recently was the woodpecker i saw up close. on the first of may i posted to my favorite mud puddles to meteors facebook page about it:
you guys! i just saw a woodpecker on our neighbor's gutter! i was upstairs and heard the drumming. when i peeked out the window, there it was. i had startled it, unfortunately, so it flew to a nearby tree, but i was definitely able to see the red head. i didn't notice the shape well enough to see if it had a crest, but the well-defined black-and-white barring on the wings and the red on the crown only helped me to narrow it down to a red-bellied woodpecker or an adult female yellow-bellied sapsucker, according toCornell Lab of Ornithology. i wish i could remember if there were the distinctive black facial markings. only hearing the drumming once was not enough for me to distinguish between the two just by sound. i am so, so, so excited about my new bird-watching hobby!i've probably shared on some other form of social media the resources that i am finding to be most useful:
cornell lab of ornithology website
free phone app north american birds
bird song ear training guide CD selected by my husband at a local independent all-things-bird store
the previously-mentioned mud puddles to meteors facebook page and website - good for both my birding and flower-identifying enthusiasm
oh, and there was that cd of bird songs at the assisted living facility where my grandmother-in-law resides. i found it and played part of it one sunday afternoon for us to enjoy. lo and behold - i heard the call that had been in my mind for years, ever since we moved here, in fact, and there it was on that cd. a white-throated sparrow. thank goodness i could resolve that nagging question in my mind.