Friday, September 4, 2009

Strip pit report....

Since starting to babysit Lorelei, and with all the other things going on, I have not been getting out to the strip pits. We were headed by there last week and made a run through part of it, and did again this evening. This is one of a few little sunflowers that was growing right in the edge of the road. I love how it is backlit. Believe it or not, I don't think it was even two feet tall.

But that is not what I want to report. What we have seen is Northern Harrier hawks...both times. Only one last week, and just a couple today. Though there were some other birds soaring that just might have been them. I know, most times it is buzzards when there are several, but out there I have seen several Northern Harriers at the same time.

Either way, it was hard not to keep a big goofy smile on my face. I just love seeing them...they are the only birds I have ever seen besides a hummingbird that can just hover in flight. I really hope I can get time to spend out there when they all come back, and hopefully get a good picture or two.

Some of the fields have been partially mowed and some were in the process of being bailed today. Maybe we will be able to see more wildlife if it is not quite so grown up. I would have loved to spend more time out there, but had things I had to so so we just went through one little section of it and went on about our business.

6 comments:

Betsy from Tennessee said...

Oh how I know you love the strip pits, Rose. Hope you get back there often. Once Lorelei gets older, you can put her in the car and take her also.

Glad you saw the harriers... I can see that big smile on your face!!!!

Have a great weekend.
Hugs,
Betsy

Jacob said...

Very pretty shot, Rose. I hope you can get a shot of one of the Northern Harrier hawks...

Hovering in flight sounds pretty exciting. I've never heard of a hawk that could do that.

Have a great weekend!

don said...

The backlighting does wonders for the sunflower. The strip pits sound so interesting. I hope you get more time out there soon.

Carletta said...

This is a mighty cute little sunflower! The backlighting is quite nice in this. I so need to remember to plant some next year.

Caron said...

I love the light on that flower. I have seen albatrosses fly on a trip south and near South Georgia Island, I saw the world's largest (at the time) black-billed albatross colony. They are neat with their huge wingspans - so big they sleep as they fly. Those are some of the photos I have on film that I need to sit down and scan. I need to be snowed in this winter...for about a week!

This Is My Blog - fishing guy said...

Rose: Beautiful flower and a neat wild sunflower.

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