2013 Project 365

Project 365/275 – Birds Abound

The morning surprisingly opened up with no appointments, so a pre-dawn departure was due for a birding expedition. Heading off to Kinder Farm Park, I was hoping for a glorious sunrise. But alas, the clouds were not in my favor this morning.

Setting my tripod kit up in one of my favorite places to stalk along the field I hoped for beautiful things to appear.

While waiting for the birds to show themselves, a doe walked around the corner. She stood there and looked at me, trying to figure out whether or not I was a threat. Stamping her feet in protest as I was disturbing her early morning stroll, she decided to bound off to more private grounds.
kf8oct13-1906 kf8oct13-1916Once again, the birds began to give me “the glare.” This Song Sparrow took issue with Cyclops staring at him.

kf8oct13-1896There were still warblers to be found if one is patient. I must admit, I’m rather addicted to these little yellow beauties. I can’t seem to get enough of them.


Palm Warbler – Western


Prairie Warbler – Fall

Yellow Rumped Warbler

Yellow Rumped Warbler

Yellow Rumped Warbler

Yellow Rumped Warbler

But other beautiful birds were to be found in the park.


Northern Mockingbird


White-Throated Sparrow

Then heading over to Swan Creek Wetlands, this beautiful Kestrel quietly sat high upon the snag. Looking for an early meal.



And a Little Blue Heron splashed in the marsh looking for fish.


Eastern Phoebes are still here, staying fairly close but just far away.


And at last, a solitary Monarch butterfly. These monarchs have been sadly absent this season. Last year thousands traveled through Maryland on their journey south to Mexico. No one knows where they all are. A true orange treasure.


24 replies »

  1. Beautiful! I’m sure Bambi just wanted to get a chance to be on the camera lol! they won’t admit it but they each love being in the spotlight πŸ˜‰

  2. Just beautiful! I so envy your ability to get out there and get these amazing photos! I look forward to every post!

  3. Such a feast for the eyes and the soul. Trapped here in the studio once again today, I can smell the leaves, hear the birds twittering and the doe’s hooves a-stompin’. Thank you for this transport once again to another place, Emily! πŸ™‚

  4. These are beautiful captures, Emily. Your post is motivating me to get in more practice photographing birds. I’m not real good at it but mainly because I don’t have the patience. πŸ™‚

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