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.
Once again, the birds began to give me “the glare.” This Song Sparrow took issue with Cyclops staring at him.
But other beautiful birds were to be found in the park.
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.