Observations & Images
Today's visit to the Refuge is notable for the complete absence of Robins in contrast to the past few visits which found the birds dominating the landscape and the sky.
A very windy afternoon with a bit of a chill in the air finds the male Osprey unsure of how to spend his time.
|After soaring around the area, including a touch-and-go landing at the new nest site, he finally lands on a limb beneath the old nest site where he spends a good part of the afternoon being idle before retiring to a different tree just before sunset.|
|The accumulation of material at the old nest site is becoming quite respectable but the male Osprey was not observed working on either nest at all today.|
|Some success is also seen at the new nest site where a collection of branches and rope is beginning to take hold.|
|Part of a flock of White Pelicans in stately flight over the Refuge.|
|Just as I was wondering if I would see an Eagle today I happened to look up and there was a Bald Eagle!|
|The Eagle was taking advantage of the wind for an effortless gliding flight.|
|The Eagle passed directly overhead. The male Osprey marked the Eagle's passage with a few warning cries but nothing more came of it for the Eagle allowed the wind to carry it away.|
|At the other end of the scale, a small Eastern Phoebe was quite active in the area throughout the afternoon.|
|A passing Turkey Vulture can't figure out what all the fuss is about over seeing an Eagle.|
|A female Osprey, left, and a male were engaged in an intricate courtship flight which was observable for a long time in the sky over the Refuge.|
|A pair of Pileated Woodpeckers were also working the area. Here the female wings by.|
|The male Pileated Woodpecker passes overhead.|
|A Bee takes a great interest in a flower.|