Day for the birds

May 11, 2010

Monday was a pleasant outing, without any major activity in Huntley Meadows.

The snakes from previous outings were nowhere to be found and the limited sightings were mostly dominated by birds.

A group of Mergansers with young in toe was milling about in the water, but never got closer than a hundred yards or so. Read the rest of this entry »

Ducklings vs. goslings

May 11, 2010

Baby ducks and geese. They are just about guaranteed to make you smile (unless you are actually a robot).

From the fluffy appearance to the awkward waddle and worldly curiosity, they’re just awesome. But how do you know if you’re looking at a Canada Goose gosling or a baby Mallard? It’s actually pretty easy once you know what to look for. Read the rest of this entry »


May 10, 2010

Sunday in Alexandria was windy and cool, but apparently it was still warm enough for some cold blooded company.

I arrived in Huntley Meadows around 11:30 in the morning, hoping the change from my typical evening visits could yield some new species. Read the rest of this entry »

Friday evening was a simple relaxed visit to Huntley Meadows without any emerging theme during my time there.

The woods yielded little in the way of wildlife, and I initially saw very little on the boardwalk as well, although there are emerging signs of animals like the one below.

Don’t ask me what it is, because I honestly don’t know. I would be interested to find out, but don’t quite know how to research that one. Read the rest of this entry »

Tree coon

May 7, 2010

On Thursday evening, I was able to view a raccoon (Procyon lotor) in a tree during a trek through Huntley Meadows Park in Alexandria.

Following my normal routine, I set off that day toward the marshy boardwalk area, but as I walked through the forest a couple noticed me with my camera and pointed toward a tree. A short distance off the ground, a small mass was scrambling up the side. Read the rest of this entry »

Sunday evening after checking out Prince William Forest Park, I made a run on Huntley Meadows Park. My first find just resulted in confusion.

Someone, please tell me, why would a chicken be in a park in Alexandria? Read the rest of this entry »

Sunday afternoon I headed into a different venue – Prince William Forest Park near Quantico. Temperatures were in the 90s with clear bright skies. I will touch on a general overview of this national park in a later post, but I’ll go ahead and recap my first time on its trails now.

In many ways, the South Valley Trail reminds me of route along parts of the Appalachian Trail. For my first outing, I parked at parking area A and walked about a mile along the South Fork of Quantico Creek to the Scenic Drive (see map here) before turning around. 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 »

This time of year is both a blessing and a curse. With the forest canopy filling in, shooting in the woods becomes a mental exercise of what settings to shoot in the shadows and how to quickly adjust for sunlight streaming through the trees. Read the rest of this entry »

Ever wonder what a beaver chewing wood sounds like? Now you don’t have you.