Oak Canyon NC
- My daughter, age 10.5, and I birded Oak Canyon Nature Center between 1 -
2:30 pm. Ostensibly, we were going for a hike and she just might use her
binocs (10x25). Turns out she hadn't gotten the hang of adjusting them
properly - and once we spent five minutes going over the basics, she was
just thrilled! The first bird she looked at through the adjusted binocs
was a male Wood Duck on a branch over a small stream, preening itself and
she was hooked. She couldn't get over how beautiful a Wood Duck is, and I
showed her the female sunning itself nearby with its white eye markings.
She got so that she found two birds on her own and guided me to them, and
now plans to take the binocs on future walks. Couldn't ask for a better
Mother's Day gift! Here's what we managed to see at midday:
two male & one female Wood Ducks
a flock of Western Tanagers
several Scrub Jays, including two fighting over a nut
House Wren - the faintly spotted tail, size, beak, body are HW but the
breast was a soft gold. It was hollering for Mama who came over to see
what was going on. Her underside was the usual greyish white. Later, as
we exited, I believe there was one taking a dust bath in the trail next
to the entrance, very dusty portion.
Female Anna's Hummingbird
I saw a Titmouse of some kind, with its crest, but not long enough to ID
the kind of Titmouse.
On the way home, saw Great Egret and Red Tailed Hawk flying overhead.
Good birding and a good Mother's Day to the mothers on the list!
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