Today I had my first real chance to go birding in 2016. I thought I would meet one of 2016 birding goals and headed to Riverwood Conservancy (my second birding goal of the year completed). It was a great experience. There are numerous bird feeders spread out along the path and everywhere you went you could hear birds singing. There were tons of species including chickadees, nuthatches, juncos, sparrows, hawks, woodpeckers, cardinals and more!
I saw my first Red-bellied Woodpecker! I was trying to get some good shots of a cardinal and I used continuous shooting on my camera. Unfortunately, with my camera, continuous shooting makes the screen go black and say “recording.” It’s one of the weaknesses of my camera. When I looked up, six inches from the cardinal, on the same log, was a Red-bellied Woodpecker. It flew away before I could even move my camera, but I saw where it landed and was able to grab these pics from quite a distance. It was the highlight of my day!
I also added an American Tree Sparrow and a Hairy Woodpecker to my life list. Here are some of my better pics from the day:
I definitely recommend Riverwood Conservancy!