Meanwhile, Back at Home

I recently realized I’ve been home from Colorado for nearly three weeks and I’ve literally been living in the past on my blog. Luckily, that’s not true in my real life; I haven’t been merely sitting home remembering my trip. Even though local birding hans’t been great, I have gone to Theler twice since I’ve returned.

My favorite sighting was this one of a Virginia Rail,

Virginia Rail

the first time I’ve seen it one several years. I was surprised, and lucky, to have seen it on both trips.

I’ve also seen Cedar Waxwings

Cedar Waxwing

both times, and though I see them fairly regularly, they’re still a personal favorite because of their striking colors.

While waiting for the Cedar Waxwings to return, I was even lucky enough to see this Yellow Warbler

Yellow Warbler

Feeding at the same tree.

At the same time the birds seem to disappear, or, at least hide, the dragonflies appear


and I find them nearly as fascinating as the birds, and just as hard to photograph.

And, of course, there are always flowers to see at Theler when birding is slow.

a striking flower

Even if I’m not sure what it is, it is strikingly beautiful.