Birds Along The Tailwaters Of Barkley Dam

Apr242015AmericanWhitePelicanFlyingInTheMistThere was a heavy mist over the water at dawn below Barkley Dam. The pelicans number over 100. In two or three weeks they will be gone, not to be seen here again in these numbers until next spring. There are a few trees along the river here and it is a good place to catch a few migrating birds in spring. Today there were several Yellow Warblers. The Orchard Orioles are still there as well as the Eastern Kingbirds…..

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Apr242015AmericanWhitePelicanGlidingHeadShot.

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Apr242015RedBreastedMerganserFemale.

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Apr242015OspreyFlyingInTheClouds.

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Apr242015OrchardOrioleSinging.

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A Tough Day

Apr232015FishermanThrowingCastNetIt was a tough day yesterday. One of those where your mind is not in the game. I have never been sure why this happens on occasion. My energy level if it were a fuel tank was running on empty. It might be the result of coming back from a get away weekend. Returning to the old run of the mill spots. The excitement of walking new trails creating that empty sensation walking the old, making them feel mundane. The bad part is I know that there is just as much to observe as ever. The fact is that I am missing it due to attitude. Being older and some what wiser I know that it will pass. It won’t be long until planting time. The pelicans are still plentiful but will be leaving within a month. The birds will be rearing their young. A friend spotted a killdeer with a little one yesterday. I have never seen a killdeer chick. Will have to be more aware, a simple sighting of young can set off a spark and allow energy to return……..

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Apr232015AmericanWhitePelicanFlockFlying.

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Apr232015BankSwallowFlying.

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Apr232015YellowCrownedNightHeronFlyingThroughSwamp.

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Apr232015BaldEagleFlyingUpToNestWIthGrass.

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A Good Day Afield

Apr222015OspreyHeadAndShouldersShotIt was a good day afield. Filled with viewing plenty of local birds plus several spring time visitors or arrivals. Once again I got to see the Yellow Crowned Night Heron this time in good light. Several Orchard Orioles were singing in the trees below Barkley Dam. Eastern Kingbirds, female Red Winged Blackbird, female Brown Headed Cowbirds caught my eye. One interesting find was a spot were the Cliff Swallows gathered picking up mud and grass to nest build. It was funny how they would all come flying in and light at the same spot and go to rooting in the mud, their wings held high always in motion. I saw a couple migrating birds I am not sure of the species. One maybe a Red Eyed Verio, the other I can’t recall either gold finch looking bird but different. My retention of bird names is so poor. I tire of re-looking up the species. Enough for me to appreciate that each individual has a beauty and grace of their own………

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Apr222015RedWingedBlackbirdFemale.

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Apr222015OrchardOriole.

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Apr222015EasternKingbird.

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Apr222015CliffSwallowGatheringMudAndGrass.

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Apr222015GreatBlueHeronFlying.

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Apr222015PileatedWoodpecker.

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Apr222015BaldEagleFlyingUpToNestWIthGrassAndSticksInTalons.

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Caspian Tern And Yellow Crowned Night Heron In Western Kentucky

Apr212015CaspianTernFlyingBack at home I made my morning rounds checking for wildlife. A couple migrating birds added to my viewing pleasure. A Caspian Tern worked the tailwaters of Barkley Dam crashing in to the water after a steep dive to capture a meal with its beak. At one of the sloughs I saw a Yellow Crowned Night Heron catching crayfish. This strikingly marked bird I missed getting a photo of last year but finally caught it in a small opening to photograph it yesterday. The American White Pelicans are still here in good numbers, the numbers should start declining but they will be around for another month probably. I think both Bald Eagles nests have eaglets in them now but it will be a week to a month before we can see their heads above the edge of the nests…..

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Apr212015BaldEagleFlyingOutOfNest

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A Visit To Pennyrile State Resort Park Spring 2015

Apr202015SmallPurpleFlowersWe had a lovely weekend visiting Pennyrile State Resort Park for the weekend photography contest. The weather was wonderful as were our walks along wildflower littered hiking trails.  The wildlife was abundant and would pop in to view along the walks and drives as well if you stopped for a while. Hope your weekend was as splendid as ours…………………..

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These last four photos I entered in the Photo Contest. The category listed below the photo.

Apr202015CampersBehindWaterfallCulture

Apr202015ScenicBeautyFishingCoupleScenic Beauty

Apr202015FirePinkWildflowers

Apr202015WhiteSquirrelWildlife

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