A friend sent me a message this morning letting me know she was looking at a Summer Tanager. As I’ve been in Gettysburg the past two days, I’ve been missing the ponies and had a barn day scheduled. But that put the birding bug into me. So I decided that if I had time after leaving the barn, I’d stop by Kinder Farm Park and try a new trail.
Sometimes I wonder if I have any common sense at all. I arrived in the heat of the day and the sun was bright and steamy. The first thing that caught my eye was this Hornet’s nest. Not too thrilled, as I am a bit allergic to bee stings. And I know these really hurt when stinging you. I skirted carefully by them and was safe. Phew!
I’ve been learned to be a bit stealth when walking in the woods. There was a mowed trail, so I wasn’t too worried about ticks this visit. Thanks to my quiet footsteps and most likely smelling like horse instead of human, this White Tail Deer watched me with great interest. He finally ambled off deciding I wasn’t too much of a threat.
But being stealthy has its advantages and disadvantages. I was looking up in the trees for birds and not looking down on the trail. All of a sudden, I noticed this black long thing in the grass. A SNAKE !! I’m not sure who was more scared. The snake or me. I jumped back four feet and he hustled into the tall grass. I do not like snakes, snakes are evil, snakes will kill me, snakes are creepy.
Wouldn’t you know though, in snake country was this beautiful pair of Indigo Buntings out in search of bugs for their babies. This is the first time I’ve seen a female Indigo Bunting. These are such beautiful birds.
The Flutterby’s are now starting to show up. I was able to capture three of them, but saw a few other ones that I missed.
It was a wonderful visit in the park, and I hope to get back there in the morning when things are more awake. Hope you’re have a great weekend planned.