The next bird sighting was a Dickcissal. Simon snapped a few pictures of it at a truck stop in Arkansas.
The third spot was in Arkansas at a rest area that I've blogged about before, the one with the Purple Martin boxes. We were just gonna stop for a few moments and just watch the martins, but then Simon thought he should try and use the video on the camera so we took our dogs back to the truck and got the cameras. Good thing we did because we got a new bird there! Eastern Kingbird! We also saw some House Sparrows and of course the Purple Martins. It seems like we are getting in the habit of only getting one bird per trip.
|House Sparrow with nesting material|
Then forth stop was the nice rest area in Tennessee. We've been to this one quiet a bit lately. I'll let the photos tell the story since we didn't see anything new just one new butterfly.
|Drab Female Indigo Bunting|
The colorful Male Indigo Bunting perched high on a snag. While the drab female had very little color.
Next we caught sight of the adult male Orchard Oriole. They don't like to stay in one spot very long.
Then we came across this butterfly that kept insisting on landing on Simon's head. Then he landed on his hand and it looked like he was trying to get nectar off his hand; which there was not any. Strange butterfly!
The noisy Field Sparrow was singing and singing! Not the best picture though.
Then we saw a male Pipevine Swallowtail and saw a larva (or Caterpillar) also that hadn't became a butterfly yet.
The fifth spot and final of our trip to VA saw Warriors Path State Park. We started down the path way which was about half a mile. All we heard in this one park was Cicadas. They are very load and actually very pretty. We only saw a Downy Woodpecker on the trail. Whenever we hear Cicadas we never see birds. Not sure why but maybe the birds don't get along with them. After the trail we headed up by the pool to see if we could see anything. We did! Finally some bird activity, but once again all but one were new. We saw so many Cedar Waxwings flying from tree to tree.
Hoping for some warblers; no luck. We also saw some Baltimore Orioles, Blue Jays, and finally we saw the Brown Thrasher! New bird #259!