Photographs by Frank

15 April 2015

Searching for Spring

Filed under: Birds,Mammals,Spring,Wildlife — Tags: — Frank @ 6:00 PM

A week ago on Tuesday, Joan and I headed south in search of Spring.

When we arrived at Assateague Island National Seashore on Wednesday the temperature was 45 degrees, the wind was blowing at about 45 mph and the sky was spitting (a combination of salt spray and intermittent rain)… not exactly the weather we were hoping for!

None-the-less, we dropped the camper off at a campsite, donned a few layers of fleece with a topping of Gore-tex and headed out in search of horses and birds. We had a wonderful time despite the weather.

On Thursday, we awoke to horses in our campsite, egrets in the marsh beside the campsite and no change in the weather. After breakfast, we headed south to the Virginia side of Assateague Island and Chincoteague National Wildlife Refuge. We had another wonderful day.

The weather broke on Friday and we headed north and west to Blackwater National Wildlife Refuge. We arrived just before lunch and spent roughly six hours exploring this wonderful place.

As the light began to fade, we turned the car towards suburban Washington, DC.

Here are my photos of the horses:

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Assateague Horses #1
Assateague Horses #1
Assateague Horses #2
Assateague Horses #2
Assateague Horses #3
Assateague Horses #3
Assateague Horses #4
Assateague Horses #4
Assateague Horses #5
Assateague Horses #5
Assateague Horses #6
Assateague Horses #6
Assateague Horses #7
Assateague Horses #7

Here are the birds, the egrets are from Assateague and the remainder from Blackwater:

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Snowy Egret
Snowy Egret
Great Egret (male) #1
Great Egret (male) #1
Great Egret (male) #2
Great Egret (male) #2
Great Egret (female)
Great Egret (female)
Bald Eagle
Bald Eagle
American Coot
American Coot
Northern Shoveler (male)
Northern Shoveler (male)
Red-winged Blackbird (female)
Red-winged Blackbird (female)
Lesser Yellowlegs
Lesser Yellowlegs
White Pelicans
White Pelicans

The weekend in suburban Washington, DC finally brought the lovely spring weather we had been hoping for.

We spent the weekend visiting with my parents, my sister and brother-in-law (who live nearby) and our daughter (who lives in Baltimore).

My parents live in a “soup-to-nuts” retirement “village” with lots of open space. There are many birds around and I was duly entertained on our daily walks around the grounds!

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Downy Woodpecker (male)
Downy Woodpecker (male)
Eastern Bluebird (male) #1
Eastern Bluebird (male) #1
Eastern Bluebird (male) #2
Eastern Bluebird (male) #2
Northern Flicker (male)
Northern Flicker (male)

We arrived home late Monday evening to find that spring had returned to New Hampshire in our absence. There is still ice on the lake and scattered pockets of snow in the woods, but we have great hope!


 


 

1 Comment

  1. I’d say the flicker one was worth the wait; looks great! I hung my miniprints up in my office today.

    Comment by Katrina — 15 April 2015 @ 6:54 PM

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