So, is this the end of the world?

Let’s hope not. Sure it’s a lot of frustration for almost everyone, but eventually this virus will be tamed, and the world will slowly get back to normal. Hopefully we will all learn to be a bit nicer to each other after having to stay locked up for a while, and socially distant as well.

And now it is Spring with all the good stuff that comes with it. The days are getting longer, the temperature is getting warmer, the snow has melted (at least in our area), and the birds are starting to return.

Before we were all asked to stay in, we had heard that a Horned Owl had taken over our local Osprey Nest, so of course we had to go and check it out. The questions now are; what will happen when the Ospreys return, and will anyone be able to get out to see the action? We’ll have to try to let you know who wins possession of the nest.

Great Horned Owl on the Osprey Nest

One evening we were at Holiday Beach trying to get some photos of the Orion Nebula (amateur astrophotography now?) when we heard the little Buzz sound of a Woodcock. These guys are night birds that hide out in the underbrush during the daytime, so you will hear them more than ever see them. I couldn’t get any photos of them that night, so we went back a couple of days later and I had to use a flashlight to be able to see it with the camera.

The Orion Nebula.
Woodcock

One morning the fog had started to roll in upriver so I rushed over to the Navy Yard to get a few photos of the mist. It was a bit cold and damp of course, but I ended up spending over an hour in the enchanted morning light (or lack thereof).

This is a short one for now, with any luck we’ll be able to get back out in time for the May inbound migration rush, and I’ll have more to talk about next time.

In the meantime, everyone stay safe, stay healthy, and if at all possible, stay home when we are asked to.

Till next time.

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