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Glimpses of This Week’s Nature

Some casual early November nature observations from the past week, other than storm Sandy which the previous blog posts have focused on. The weather was drearily cloudy all week; the photos reflect that.

On a walk in Howard County, a 4-point (?) buck watches me.  He ran off into the woodlands when I tried to get closer:

Here, fungi grows on a fallen log like upside down snow drift:

Birds:

Mid-week, during the lingering remnants of storm Sandy, I took a walk at Mariner Point Park. There was a lot of bird activity. I heard a variety of songs and saw many flitting about. But I was on a conference call, and without binoculars. I took these pictures in the rain, one-handed, while holding my blackberry to my ear. These are closer to silhouettes than photographs! It was fairly dark, even during the day, all week.

White-throated sparrow:

Cardinal (it is impossible to walk thru Mariner Point Park without seeing several cardinals):

And this one: belted kingfisher?

No picture – but I watched a red-headed woodpecker make its way around a tree.

More Birds:

At home, typical visitors to my bird feeders included house sparrows, purple finches, cardinals, blue jays, and mourning doves picking thru what has fallen to the deck.

A week does not go by without a visit to the Otter Point Creek marsh along Rt. 40. And every week it seems to have a different theme. This week: mallards. I couldn’t see what other visitors had found the pond as I am without binoculars for a bit of time.  (If I can hold it in my hand, it’s going to end up on the ground at some time …Thank goodness for lifetime warranties.)

Are you ready for something brighter? I am!

November has started about 10 degrees cooler than normal and it was cloudy all week due to the hurricane. The sun teased us on Saturday evening with some brilliant light at sunset:

The week ahead brings us the return to Eastern Standard time, a freeze warning for Monday night, and talk of a nor’easter for the Chesapeake Bay region!

Thank you for visiting!

4 Comments Post a comment
  1. Nice photos, the one is definitely a belted kingfisher. Thanks for the post.

    November 5, 2012
    • Darren, Thank you so much! I had never seen a belted kingfisher before, was only going by field guide pictures. Thanks for visiting too!

      November 7, 2012
  2. Lovely nature shots, the one of the deer is my favourite. Reminds me of seeing wild stags on Dartmoor! 🙂 ♥

    November 7, 2012
    • That image, to me, is so Shakespearean!

      November 8, 2012

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