I realized today that I’ve been quite lax in uploading my pictures for you all to see. So here is a post on some of my recent favorites.
If anyone can tell me what this insect is, that would be great. They are abundant in my backyard and seem pretty harmless, but I’m just curious.
I was walking outside my dad’s house and saw this squirrel. He posed for a while and eventually jumped off the roof onto a nearby power line, of which I unfortunately did not get a good picture.
Later in the day Dad and I went to Ollie’s Pond Park and saw these delicate flowers. They are so beautiful!
We tried to find the source of a mysterious call we heard, but instead discovered an American Bald Eagle! He was quite well camouflaged… the only reason I saw him was because he moved his head. A fatal mistake. Just kidding, we were shooting with cameras. 🙂
Then we saw a Black Vulture on top of an old dead tree, which was pretty commonplace. What was interesting was after we had walked past him, we turned around and saw a Northern Mockingbird dive-bombing him! Suddenly he took off and turned the tables on the poor protective mama Mocker. It was so cool!
Then after we watched that we noticed another Black Vulture sitting on a low branch over the water. But as Vultures are, as I previously mentioned, regulars around here, we didn’t stay long.
The next thing that caught our eyes was a Black-Necked Stilt! My dad got a video and after post-park viewing, he realized that she had chicks behind her! (not pictured)
This explained her odd behavior; squawking and flapping threateningly at the Little Blue Heron. (pictured below)
She soon flew away, leaving the Heron to gloat. (notice his cute little tongue)
The last bird of the day was a Brown Thrasher!
God sure blessed us that day!