Nature In The ‘Burbs On a December Weekend
Here’s a quick photo tour of the nature “just outside my door” on a December weekend. Very exciting as I discovered two little gems nearby!!
Hiked through a “new to me” section of Gunpowder State Park with the local birding club. This spot is a 10 minute drive from my home. Isn’t it lovely?
A hawk has returned to our neighborhood. I think it scouts the uber flock of blackbirds commuting by in the morning and evening. Shortly after spying him in the tree, he took chase after two crows.
A loose house cat climbed the neighbor’s tree, peering at juncos above.
A short drive to the local marsh. The pond is frozen over. No ducks to be seen.
But the two resident mute swans are hanging near one of the beaver lodges.
A 20-minute drive north on the interstate and I score a view of the Harford County snowy owl. Embarrassingly, my camera battery died. This is via my iPhone from a friendly birders’ scope:
A field walk, purportedly looking for birds, but actually just enjoying tromping through the snow on a sunny winter morning.
A coffee break to warm up and then one last stop to explore another birding hotspot. Tromping through more snow, I found a way to access the bank of Winters Run / Otter Point Creek. Finally, stream access close to home!
Watched a hawk chase after two crows (bad day for crows ….), but no pic. Wandering around a pond, found signs of beaver activity
with the early stages of lodge-building.
A lovely December day!