Sometimes, timing is everything when it comes to birding. I got a late start and left my house in Old Trail at 10:00 this morning. A minute later, I was waiting for traffic at Old Trail Drive so that I could cross the road to get onto the loop trail, when I saw an Osprey flying in my direction. It was carrying a fish, and most likely had just been at the golf course pond.
Two minutes later, I stopped on the trail to take a few photos of three deer that were close to the trail. Two of them must have been the same ones that I saw yesterday, as they didn't seem to mind my being there.
I hiked about three miles on the trail, and ended up with 23 avian species this morning.
Mr. and Mrs. Bluebird
In the afternoon, I went to Lickinghole Creek and Reservoir where I added another dozen species to my day's total. The Bald Eagle was still on its nest.
I hadn't seen a Pine Warbler all day, but after hiking a total of close to five miles today, I was ready to head for home. When I got to my car, a Pine Warbler was singing low in a tree above my car.
As I stated at the beginning of this report, some days it's all about timing.