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:
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:
Then, another of the innocents:
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.
And a scene so dear I don’t even care if the photo is bad 🙂
And here, a few plants that I spotted:
Then, for the actual Monday holiday, I came back to my home.
I found a Carolina Wren pretending to be a Nuthatch:
I spotted a Bloodroot plant (not flowering yet):
A Summer Tanager ate to its heart content on a limb above me:
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!
for something completely different!
Hope you enjoyed this glance of the enchanted life of Benjamin!