Wednesday, February 6, 2008


This is a Bluebird, as in "Bluebird of Happiness." But he looks a little - well, tense. Like W has been, what with work, commute, kids and (ugh!) short winter days.

Tense, until...

Princess took me on a surprise adventure on Sunday and Monday. I had NO idea where we were going. We ended up here:

This is Keswick Hall, an amazing country inn just outside Charlottesville, Virginia. Being mid-winter, hardly any other overnight guests were around, and we were treated like the Lord & Lady of the manor. We had the dining room, and a world-class chef (and wine cellar) to ourselves.

Lisa indeed looked like she belonged here. Did I mention the amazing massage?

Ah, but back to the birds! In the morning, we went birding around the grounds, set in the hills outside Charlottesville, not far from Jefferson's Monticello. The woods were full of Pileated Woodpeckers, although they were furtive and ghostly:

There are lots of great birding and hiking spots in and around Charlottesville, such as Beaver Creek Dam, not far from the mountain town of Crozet. *

* Hint: This picture is upside down.

Next, we headed to Walnut Creek Park, where we found more Pileated Woodpeckers, 3 Pied-Billed Grebes, and a Cardinal who thought it was still Christmas:

The Blue Baby took us everywhere we wanted to go, 100s of miles, 52 species of birds, new adventures at every corner:

Wanna go there too? Follow the signs:

PS: Baby, yes, it's almost Valentine's Day, I know. BirdCouple's favorite day. Got it.

1 comment:

Larry said...

It's been a while since my wife and I have gotten away.-I think you've given me a good idea.-It must have been a treat to see so many Pileateds!