More from the candy store – spring migration

My first magnolia warbler.

Female orchard oriole. I had seen these earlier in the week.

My first hummingbird shot.  When I was growing up we had a feeder in the backyard in front of the dining room window. I used to see them and think they were neat. It never occurred to me back then to take a picture of it.

It was amazing watching them hover. I wished the light had been better. We were in the woods and the sun had gone down behind the trees. There was a little light but it wasn’t consistent. I’m going to keep my eyes out for these little guys on my next trip.

Hummingbird resting on a tiny branch. He must be tired.

A few more pictures from my early night at Fort Desoto during the week of fall out in late April.  I could finally call my hubby and say “I’m gonna be home late. We got fall out!” (Yes, we saw The Big Year).  Ron at said this was a record migration through the area in a given week. I only saw a spit of what was out there.

One thing I’ve learned is that it’s really hard to get decent shots of these little guys. It’s a lot  harder than a shorebird sleeping on the beach or an eagle sitting on a nest. They are usually high up in the trees or deep inside them. There’s always leaves and branches to deal with. The light is harder in the woods with shadows. They are a lot more skittish than bigger birds. You have to sit quietly and wait for them to come down which is hard to do when there’s a steady stream of people walking by. Any news of birds and the woods are full of people. Most are quiet and stay back but you get at least one loud person getting too close to the feeder or fountain.  Especially with the hummingbird feeders. We kept telling people to stay far back and they will come down and feed. People kept getting too close trying to take pictures with their camera phone.

Anyway, the whole experience and two short visits to Fort Desoto were a lot of fun.  I met a lot of great birders who were helpful with id’s.

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16 thoughts on “More from the candy store – spring migration

  1. I have only spent a little time with long-time birders, but they were so knowledgeable and very sharing. I’ve only been birding since last fall so I know very little. I love the photo of the orchard oriole. Today I saw my first male Baltimore oriole this spring. I have a photo to prove it…but it’s not good enough for the web. 🙂

  2. I have never seen a hummingbird resting. This was a first for me. Their little wings are always going a mile a minute. Hovering, yes, they do a lot of that and I love watching them. The best is when we get 15 or so in a battle for the food. Boy, can they make some noise. Your pictures are beautiful. Maybe I will learn more about birds so I can identify them. genie

  3. Sorry — hit send too soon. I have got to get over there next year! Thank you so much for all the good information. Isn’t it wonderful to meet dedicated birders and get their help! Thanks for your beautiful post.

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