The past few times I’ve been out, I’ve noticed dry conditions and lower water levels. Mother nature worked a little magic on Monday and opened up the skies for some serious rain.

It didn’t last very long, but I’m sure it will be a help to the local flora and fauna. Read the rest of this entry »

Wednesday in Holmes Run Park I dedicated a lot of my time to making plaster casts of raccoon tracks on the bank, but I was also able to see some other neat signs of animals.

Back in the woods on a steep hill I found a well-worn path that was only a few inches wide. Based on the width and the low-lying trees in that area, it isn’t a path for people. Read the rest of this entry »

Guess the baby bird

May 2, 2010

Happy May! Saturday I made a short scan of Holmes Run Park in Alexandria. Although I didn’t see anything too crazy, I did find a mystery baby bird.

This little guy was chirping away in a tree and kept it up long enough for me to find him (or her). Read the rest of this entry »

Birds, birds, birds! That seems to be all I’m getting these days. Don’t get me wrong – I think they’re great. I just crave a little variety thrown in the mix.

On Thursday I returned to Holmes Run Park, hoping the snow would have cleared to a point where easy navigation would have been possible, but that wasn’t the case. Read the rest of this entry »

Birding in Holmes Run Park

February 11, 2010

Over the past few days several large snowstorms have swept through the area. Although traveling over much distance was difficult, I was able to make some successful birding runs on Holmes Run Park.

House Sparrow (Passer domesticus) in Holmes Run Park

Most of what I observed I’ve seen plenty of times before, but I was able to get some different perspectives. Read the rest of this entry »

Before getting into this post, I wanted to note that this is my 100th entry for this site. It’s been a pleasure and I’m looking forward to many more adventures ahead. Now on with the post!

Every day is different, even if exploring the same area. Thursday I visited Holmes Run Park in Alexandria and had a few unexpected finds, both animal and of the park in general. Read the rest of this entry »

Try and try again

January 14, 2010

With a lot of things, the more you do it the better the results. I’ve been spending a lot of time with the same subjects, because each time I get different aspects of their existence. I got the frame above a few days ago of a duck in Holmes Run in Alexandria. I feel like the water adds something nice and it just feels right.

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Well how about that…

January 8, 2010

Remember when I said I wanted to find a fox? Thanks in large part to the recent snow, I got the chance.

Tonight I set off to film the bird flyovers at Holmes Run Park, but was distracted by the presence of canine tracks. Along the path they made sense, but when I saw them veer off without any accompanying shoe prints, I decided to investigate. Read the rest of this entry »

This evening, I again explored Holmes Run Park in search of critters. The best I could find was a few birds. Read the rest of this entry »

Icy Holmes Run Park

January 5, 2010

Monday evening I stopped by Holmes Run Park, where I’ve seen a high density of birds lately. As I scanned the brush, I saw a few cardinals but little else. Then I made my way down to the water, where the freezing temperatures have begun to seal the surface of the run with ice.

Temperatures have been hesitant to peak above freezing and the biting wind doesn’t help much either. Read the rest of this entry »