Saturday, April 4, 2020

Birds or Wild Flowers?

 Giant Trillium
After lunch today, just before the rain started again, we took Buster for a dog/bird walk on a section of the Rickreall Creek Trail starting at the Dallas Pickleball Courts.  The first thing that caught my attention was this cluster of Giant Trillium (Tillium chloropetalum).  I used to enjoy taking wild flower photos while hiking long before I became obsessed with birds. Flowers were much easier to photograph as they stand still.

Bushtits were seen in pairs today, indicating that nesting season has started.  Look for their sock-like hanging nests.

Evening Grosbeak
Our friend Mary Coleman commented yesterday on Evening Grosbeaks, as loving "how they holler from the tree top".  We had a bunch of them in the the tree tops today, couldn't figure out at first what was going on. Hard to see with the poor light, but I did get this one photo.

Because I got a lot of possitive feedback today on posting a Trip Journal entry from 2003, I am including a link here for a hike I did on Rickreall Creek five years ago in March of 2015.  As I re-read it today, I was struck how my thoughts then, still ring true today.  

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