As to that, yesterday I took the QB out for a casual evening stroll and decided to make it a bit of a birding trip. March has been a miserable work month and weather one to boot. Right now it's 25F. The average is 37F and the avg is high is 56F. For me it's just too damn cold. No me gusta. And tennis has started. That is another dirge, but suffice to say it's not been a good month, so an hour and change of two wheels and relaxation were in order. My path was nothing new: parks, Beargrass Trail, Butchertown Greenway, the river. Bird-wise I didn't see too terribly much except for robins, which are as plentiful as rats around here. Once at the river at the cyclocross park I dismounted at the bridge and though I saw a few interesting things further towards the river so I walked down there and stood a bit in the 32F wind. Damn cold, but better than being on the tennis court in that temp. My sightings:
- Great Heron right next to the river
- Two pissed-off Kingfishers, one who flew off and another who did laps of the creek area making a lot of racket.
- Mallard ducks and more mallard ducks, two pair of which I also saw along the Beargrass Trail.
- Hawk- probable but a bit too far away
- Turkey Vulture
- little brown bird, probably a sparrow. I'm pretty good at great big birds like herons, but the little beige ones take practice.
- Robins, more robins, lots of robins
- Cardinals- male and female in a thicket
- Two more Herons- I moved down river a bit towards downtown and saw them along the crew canal. One could have been a repeat.
- A gaggle of Geese, which looked like domestic geese to me.
Not bad for a one-stop wildlife view. Later I bent my way to OYLC to shoot the breeze and Drew offered me a refreshing beverage, which I enjoyed thoroughly. It was the most relaxing hour and change I have experienced in weeks, since we returned from Florida I guess. (I saw lots of birds there, too)
QB along Beargrass Creek @ Eva Bandman Cyclocross Park
If you enlarge you can see slightly better the two Great Herons that have taken flight here. I meant to look up those geese too. They look domesticated.
Ooo, me, Mr. Hardman on cold bike ride. Then I saw this colorful women's crew team practicing along the river. Shit. Mucho mas cold.