Making the Most of It

5/10/2021


Work - the necessary evil. Well, for me it is. As I worked away the week, I kept peering out the window for something to shoot. The view from the upstairs is dominated by a large buckeye tree. I have probably mentioned that before. Aside from making beautiful buckeyes in the fall, it is great for nectar-feeding birds in the spring. The tree blooms and attracts warblers and orioles into the yard. You just have to wait for them to show up.


Which brings me back to work and that window. The window is wide open. The laptop is... well, on my lap. The camera is sitting next to me. There is a constant parade of Downy Woodpeckers, White-breasted Nuthatches, House Finches, and the occasional American Goldfinch on display outside the window. The Red-bellied Woodpeckers and Northern Flickers are pretty regular, too. I am waiting for something uncommon to show up though. When they show up, I grab the camera and wait for a clear shot. Usually, nothing comes of it, but I can catch them every now and then. Pictures or not, eventually, the camera has to be replaced by the laptop, again, and I have to extend the work day a little longer to cover for the time. I think it is worth it.


This week, I managed a few shots of a female Baltimore Oriole and a Nashville Warbler. I have heard a few other warblers, but it seems like a slow year. I am hoping that is just me.


Thanks for reading,

Mike



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