We went to the Parkway in search of birds today, and began to find them almost immediately.
Wading, perching, flying, eating, swimming, resting; the birds have returned.
Everywhere we went we heard birdsong. The little ones darted past us in quick flights from perch to perch.
There were dozens of scarlet cardinals, with their brownish mates. We saw bluebirds, starlings, clouds of red winged black birds, and dozens more who moved to fast to name.
Of course our Red-tailed Hawk was there surveying his marsh.
And the Great Blue Herons fished in the shallows of College Creek.
Canada Geese gathered on the James, and on its muddy rain-soaked banks, looking for shelter.
Another grey day, with low sky and chilly wind. At least we were thawing out here today. But the persistent damp and cold faded against the brilliant beauty of the wild birds returning to the park.
We noticed trees budding against the grey clouds. There is a quickening; an impatience to begin the season.
We felt it in the movement of the birds today, the beat of their wings and their lively chatter.
So come along to the Colonial Parkway, in James City County, beside the James River. Join us as we watch for wings.
All Photos by Woodland Gnome 2014
Geese behind our friends’ home on College Creek