A Grand Memorial Day Weekend

I went back home for Memorial Day weekend. I spent a few hours birding by myself before rejoining the family for some quiet time together.

I started just immediately outside the house:

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Tree Swallow

I had to obey the unwritten rules of bird photography–only two or three steps forward at a time, no direct eye contact, etc–but this bird was unusually comfortable with my presence.

This one is a true home-wrecker. Scare him away if you see him:

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House Wren

Then, another of the innocents:

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Chipping Sparrow

An Eastern Wood-Pewee decided to allow a thorough photography session as well. He was singing away like crazy and was quite comfy up in his grand perch.

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Eastern Wood-Pewee

And a scene so dear I don’t even care if the photo is bad 🙂

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Eastern Bluebird – mother and young

And here, a few plants that I spotted:

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Wild Strawberry

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Pink Lady Slipper


Then, for the actual Monday holiday, I came back to my home.

I found a Carolina Wren pretending to be a Nuthatch:

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Carolina Wren

I spotted a Bloodroot plant (not flowering yet):



A Summer Tanager ate to its heart content on a limb above me:

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Summer Tanager (female)

An Indigo Bunting sang from a power tower:

And, most spectacularly of all, I got to see a Barred Owl up close and personal in the wild!

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The First Glimpse

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Barred Owl in repose

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Barred Owl glamour shot

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Barred Owl parting shot

And now…

for something completely different!


Fancy Caterpillar



Interesting Tree

Hope you enjoyed this glance of the enchanted life of Benjamin!

About birdsandbenjamin

I am a resident of the North Carolina foothills and visitor to the mountains who finds great joy in observing and living with one of man's best friends, birds! I have limited photographic equipment, only a Nikon L810 and a pair of binoculars (for long-distance images). Nonetheless, I hope you see the heart behind the images and enjoy the beauty of birds on this blog.
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2 Responses to A Grand Memorial Day Weekend

  1. blueridgebluecollargirl says:

    What wonderful photos, Benjamin! I really enjoyed looking at those. I had to laugh at the house wren. He really did have the evil eye in that photo! And sort of a macho attitude in his stance.

    And oh my goodness! You didn’t tell us about seeing that Barred Owl! That is an amazing shot! I’m really thrilled that you got to see such a special sight. In all my years, I’ve never had the fortune to see an owl in a natural setting. I think I’ve heard somewhere that seeing an owl means you’ll have good luck. I hope so!

    Really, though, I think seeing an owl is good luck in itself. 🙂

  2. Ariel says:

    What a glorious cornucopia of flora and fauna! The owl shots are stunning, and I love that pewee in flight.

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