Today's Baby Album Photo (12th day fledglings)
We had planned to go to Shenandoah Nat Park this morning to see if the warblers had arrived, but had to take care of some business, so didn't get off till early afternoon. I didn't have real high hopes, because it was so bright, but I never miss a chance to go out to the beautiful blue ridge mountains. As soon as we got out of the car in the parking lot, we could hear birds singing and calling...and American Redstarts were the lead singers. Hooray! They're here!
For all the singing, it was hard to locate the birds for a while - they were high, and it was almost too bright to look up. So I busied myself with what I could see - a butterfly,
and another exquisite flying thing...The sun wasn't quite as high by then, and I finally was able to find a redstart within range.
We saw towhees, catbirds and juncos (We didn't take much time with them, as we have so many images of them, and we were really looking for warblers.) And we saw them too: male and female redstarts, male and female chestnut-sided warblers, a black and white warbler, and the blue-headed vireo.
A chestnut-sided warbler teased us, just peeking out from the foliage for a few seconds at the time.
We are just at the edge of the mountains - they are visible from our street - but the park, which is high, is about two weeks behind us. The cherry blossoms are just opening there. It was a lovely afternoon. We'll be going back early Friday morning.