Debbie’s and Dave’s Botanical Gardens

Lots of things were blooming at my sister’s house in north Birmingham when I was visiting over Easter weekend. A bad storm hit the day before I arrived and when the sun came out over the weekend, everything started blooming quickly.

She had orchids blooming in the kitchen.

A fire in the old pot-bellied stove kept us warm while we watched the full moon rise out in the backyard.

A small park in Birmingham

We saw a bluebird in a tree and then realized there was one in the nest box.

A small flock of geese were swimming and foraging.

My 2nd northern rough wing swallow sighting in Birmingham that weekend. This one seemed to be resting and let me take several pictures.

A common robin.

While visiting my sister in Birmingham in late March, we stopped at a small park for a quick walk before lunch. She use to walk there frequently and thought there would be geese as well as other birds. She was right. Lots of good stuff in this little park. It was perfect spot before heading to lunch.

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Beauty in the drizzle

Pretty things in the drizzle at Noccalula Falls in north Alabama. We were lucky that the rain had stopped while we walked around the park. A little drizzle for a short time but at least the pouring rain had stopped. It was still a beautiful place even in the gloom.

The petting zoo animals were having fun in the mild weather.

I would like to get back there in the fall when the leaves are changing.

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Birds on a mountain

Chickadees were the most common bird in my sister’s backyard. There were several on the feeders the weekend I was visiting along with a few cardinals.

I saw one brown thrasher. I was sitting on the back porch and saw him land in the tree right in front of me.

Many other birds passed through while I was there. Brown headed cowbird (I don’t see these near my home in Tampa),  carolina wrens, towhees and titmouse. I think the titmouse was working on a nest.

I don’t know what this. Might be a juvenile house sparrow.

I think these are all chipping sparrows. They were all over the yard.

My sister Debbie lives north of Birmingham on a small mountain in Odenville. It’s quiet there and they have woods that back up to their yard. Her and her husband have put in a lot of work making the backyard into a mini botanical gardens with beautiful bushes, flowers and trees. They have 2 fish ponds and several bird feeders which attracts a lot of birds. We spent the afternoon sitting outside chatting while I took pictures of the birds passing through. I was glad I brought my 300mm lens along so I could just sit there and take the pictures.

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Hiking under the water fall

Our visit to Noccalula Falls north of Birmingham would not be complete without a hike down to the river and under the falls.

A quick video under the falls to show how loud it was with the water crashing over.

The hike down wasn’t bad. The weather was cool and the rain held off.

As we got closer to the falls, we had to be careful climbing over the slippery rocks.

The wall under the falls was full of these little birds nesting. This was cropped up and they blended in pretty well. My sister saw one fly into the nest. Otherwise I don’t think we would have noticed them. I think this is a northern rough wing swallow. A first for me.

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