A Delightful Sunday

Yesterday was by far the sunniest day for quite awhile, so despite the fact that we had an afternoon wedding to attend, we headed out to Belfair early in the morning. So early that it was still quite foggy and cold. Few birds were to be seen on the walk out along the creek except for this Black Capped Chickadee that was so protected by blackberry bushes and tree branches that he seemed happy to pose several minutes:

Black-Capped Chickadee c

On the walk back, though, the sun returned and we greeted by this beautiful Red-Necked Loon, which I mistook for a Western Grebe until I took a closer look on my computer and realized what it really was:

non-breeding Red-Necked Loon

I’ll have to admit that I’m not particularly fond of weddings, but this one seemed more fun than usual, perhaps because of the large number of children present, including grandson Gavin and granddaughter Lael, who both took part in the ceremony. Here Lael tried to give me some photographic directions, which, judging from the pictures I ended up with, I should probably have taken.

Lael in Flower-Girl outfit

The day ended with an even more pleasant surprise when Tyson called from the airport and said that he needed a room because he was in town on an emergency call. It was quite late before I actually got to bed on a long, delightful day.

4 thoughts on “A Delightful Sunday”

  1. You’ve created some fine portraits of Lael. I like this one very much.

    I always think I know what a bird looks like until I see it closely through your lens. Lovely chicka-dee-dee-dee.

    A few weeks ago here at Scudder Pond, I saw a large solitary water bird who swam with its head tilted up like the Red-Necked Loon. Its beak was yellow-orange, though. Do you have any idea what I might have seen? None of the water birds in my Peterson’s field guild seemed a good match.

  2. Sounds an awful lot like a Western Grebe, am, though I just noticed the head-tilt thing is a good immediate sign that a bird is a loon and not a duck.

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