We were trying to decide where we were going to take our walk. I suggested Occoquan Bay National Wildlife Refuge. It is hard to believe that our last trip was in October of last year, which we enjoyed tremendously. Then and now there were only a few people. It is probably a different story on the weekend.
On our last trip we said we should go to Painted Turtle Pond, and that's what we intended to do. Where you see the people walking in the picture above, that's the route we took before. You can see the water in the distance. Where I am standing is a right hand fork, which is the way to the pond. As it turned out we didn't spend a lot of time there, but will be going again in the not too distant future. All our time and energy will be devoted to the pond, and we now know of a short cut.
One of the trails was closed and I read the sign. It is the first time I have come across an area where birds are actually banded.
We are never too far from the water…
and I loved all the trees. This one had the sun behind its main trunk, and it gave a nice halo effect.
We were curious about this side trail and saw a bird blind at the end.
It would give a great view of waterbirds, but there were none that I could see today.We were surrounded by Red Maple trees and they were showing signs of warmer weather.
I saw this lying on the deck rail.
I am assuming it is from one of those buds.
Further up the trail I noticed movement in a tangle of branches and found this sweet thing.
I have never seen this bird before so it was exciting to try and identify it.
I looked at a lot of birds online and think I have it identified, a Hermit Thrush?
If one of my blogging friends could confirm that, I would be very grateful.
We spotted an Eastern Bluebird high in the branches of another tree. It also stayed long enough for a few photos...
and was still there when we left.
I always thank them as they yet again confirm that being around nature is good medicine for the soul.
If you missed our last trip and are curious, click on the links provided below.
I still have more to share from our walk but it is getting late and I will stop for now.
Back when I lived near Woodbridge, this refuge was not open yet. Glad to see your pictures.ReplyDelete
Thank you Linda :) I hope you can take a trip over there to see it for yourself one day.Delete
How wonderful! I would spend all day by the water, waiting for the birds. I have seen Thrushes, but never a Hermit one! I hope someone gives you a positive I.D.ReplyDelete
Thanks Ginny, I could spend hours there just sitting. It is so calming and peaceful!Delete
A lovely walk on a good path by the look of it and being able to see the birds as you went - a good day I bet.ReplyDelete
Thank you Margaret, yes, a very good day :)Delete
Looks nice and great for a quiet walk! I definitely would enjoy a walk there.ReplyDelete
Thank you Angie, it is most definitely :)Delete
What a wonderful place for walking.ReplyDelete
It is indeed Ann, thank you :)Delete
I believe you are correct about the Hermit Thrush. Lovely photos of the Hermit Thrush and the Bluebird. The wildlife refuge looks nice. Take care, have a great day!
Thank you Eileen and for confirming that it is a Hermit Thrush. Glad you enjoyed :) You take care and have a great day also!Delete
Gostei de ver estas belas fotografias.ReplyDelete
Um abraço e continuação de uma boa semana.
Dedais de Francisco e Idalisa
O prazer dos livros
Fico muito feliz que tenha gostado das minhas fotos :) Obrigado! Um abraço e continuação de boa semana.Delete
In a few weeks this forest will look very different. However, a forest without leaves has it's own beauty.ReplyDelete
I agree Red, I consider those bare branches works of nature's art :)Delete
I pushed my finger on your thrush and per the internet it is a hermit thrush. also adorable. I LOVE LOVE LOVE all these trees, and the leaves on the ground. A place i would like to walk.. you are blessed to be close to this place to walkReplyDelete
Great! Thank you so much for confirming the ID Sandra :) I am very fortunate that there are so many places around here to enjoy walking.Delete
Such a nice walk and such pretty, pretty birds.ReplyDelete
And you can see them more easily now, with out all the foliage yet grown.
🍀💚🍀Happy St. Patrick's Day!!🍀💚🍀
Yes, it will be more difficult to photograph them when there are more leaves on the trees. I hope your St. Patrick's day was a great one :)Delete
Great pictures of the hermit thrush and bluebird!ReplyDelete
Thanks Linda :) I was very lucky to get them.Delete
Thank you Anne :)Delete
bird blinds are wonderful, if you have access to them. pretty pictures of the birds, the bluebird is gorgeous...they always look like such a "sweet" bird!!ReplyDelete
They certainly are, totally agree. I've even thought of getting a small one to go over my chair and sit out there, lol! Thank you Debbie :)Delete
You always choose the best days for your outings, Denise. The beautiful blue skies in your photos is so lovely. A great backdrop to view nature. How grand to see a Hermit Thrush and Eastern bluebird!ReplyDelete
Thank you Martha Ellen :) I was a happy camper when I saw those birds :)Delete
What a great place to visit and a bonus that there were not too many people around. (Kind of a great side benefit of being retired I have found out.)ReplyDelete
Great photos of your birds.
It is Yogi, and thank you :) Many benefits in retirement, one being able to pick and choose your times for visiting these places.Delete
Thank you William :)Delete
What a wonderful place for a walk and great bird photos. I'd love to see a bluebird!ReplyDelete
Hi Jeanie and thank you, we were happily surprised to see these birds :)Delete
A lovely walk!ReplyDelete
Thank you Christine, it certainly was :)Delete
What a great day you must have had. That first pic made me want to be there so bad. I think you are right about the Hermit Thursh, but I am not an expert.ReplyDelete
We certainly did Rose and thank you :) I am no expert either and still rely on my blogging buddies to steer me in the right direction.Delete
Beautiful walk -- bare trees are so graceful! and the birds are wonderful (and congrats on being right on the adorable hermit thrush!)ReplyDelete
Thanks Sallie, I was so excited to see that little bird, all birds really but to find a new one is a lot of fun :)Delete