Saturday, April 12, 2008

Turn Your Head For a Sec...

And spring is in full swing! BirdCouple has been too, too busy. Warren had to fly down to Atlanta last Sunday to care for his Mom, who fell sick coming back from a cruise vacation. (She's better.) Of course he brought his bins, and of course he managed to get a little Georgia birding squeezed in (Red-Headed Woodpecker, Prarie Warbler, Great-Crested Flycatcher, etc). But other than that, it's been work, work, work. Lisa has been working her sweet self especially hard.

So it was fun to take an hour off Saturday to wander around one of our favorite little spots in nearby Prince George's County, and see how much is going on out there suddenly. Birds! Bugs! Turtles! Butterflies! Not like we haven't seen this stuff before, but it seems new every spring.

Nesting Canada Goose.

Painted Turtle.

Zebra Swallowtail Butterflies.

We include this last picture, although it is a bit out of focus, because April 12 is by far the earliest we have ever seen a Blue Grosbeak, which are summer denizens here in Maryland and don't usually show up until May or June.

Blue Grosbeak, male.


Nervous Birds said...

Your Blue Grosbeak is a beauty. I hope your Mom is feeling better Warren. See you two soon, perhaps?

How them bees?

-Dan, Em and Declan (AKA Sterling)

Anders said...

Hi there,
very nice blog! The North American species are strikingly colorful and exotic to a Scandinavian (Canada Goose not included ;-). I went to New York in October/November and managed to get a glimpse of a few birds during my short stay. It really only sparked an appetite for more I guess. You'll find some pics at

Incidentally, we're a blogging birding couple as well, but based in Stockholm, Sweden.


Warren and Lisa Strobel said...

Dan - The bees are doing fine. Lisa has two hives now! Hope to see you soon. Time to do some spring birding together..

Anders - Thanks for stopping by! So nice to know there is another birding blogging couple out there somewhere. Surprisingly, there are not that many. We will check out the pics. And do look us up if you ever in the Washington, DC area.

- W and L