Thursday, May 17, 2018

Appalachian Mountains

Mississippi Kite grasps insect prey

Moving north through Alabama, we knew there wasn't much time to see the Mississippi Kite that we desired to find.  Driving through Uriah, we saw 13 birds hawking for insects above the road.  We were able to find a place to safely pull off and get some photos.  Success!!

We then drove through a corner of Georgia into North Carolina to pick up the Blue Ridge Parkway.  We stayed at Moonshine Creek Campground before starting our adventure.  This campground is beautiful and full of birds flowers and many critters worth a photo.
Moonshine Creek Campground near the Great Smoky NP

Mockernut Hickory blossom 

Water Strider - walks on water surface

Bull Frog Tadpole - 3 inches long

Sphinx Moth


White Dogwood

Eastern Newt adult - aquatic dwelling

Red Trillium

Carpenter Moths - smaller darker male

Blue-headed Vireo on nest

Dusky Salamander

Rhododendron in bloom

The Blue Ridge Parkway is wonderful, a slow ride through the Appalachian Mountains, none stop,  with lots of great things to see along the way.
Carolina Chickadee

Pisgah National Forest

Painted Trillium

Slimy Salamander

Snail at Linville Falls

Ruffed Grouse runs in front of us

Cucumber Tree

We stayed at one of the National campgrounds near Linville Falls,  a quiet, break along the way.

The next night we spent just across the Virginia border at Meadow of Dan.  Very quiet here as we were the only campers in the park.
Honey Bee swarm at Meadows of Dan

Miami Mist

For the next 6 days we visited friends, Art & Betsy Cavanaugh near Lynchburg, VA.  An enjoyable time, and Ty was able to help with some Spring planting and yard work.
Eyed Click Beetle

Wood Duck hen with ducklings


Five inch long Millipede

Ground Beetle

Baltimore Oriole at Paradise Lake

Before rejoining the Blue Ridge Parkway north to the Shenandoah National Park, we stopped at Paradise Lake Campground to take care of RV duties that are necessary to do.  Then some stocking up of food and fuel before heading out.
Tufted Titmouse checks out the camera

American Redstart

Pink Azalea - Rhododendron 

Black & White Warbler

Eastern Newt - Red Eft  terrestrial dwelling

Red/Purple Trillium

Black Bear at Shenandoah National Park

As we head north, we are experiencing Spring all over again, each leg of the journey.  Always looking for evidence of God's Creation at every turn, as we head through Pennslyvania, New York, Vermont, New Hampshire, Maine and into Canada.

We are blessed to be starting our eighth year on the road.
Love & Prayers,
Ty & Ida Baumann

Wednesday, May 2, 2018

Dauphin Island, AL - Finale

Magnolia blossom

This is our last day on Dauphin Island and migration is done here, all birds have flown north and we will pull up stakes and follow.  Our bird total here was 175 species with 31 species of warblers, a very successful stay.
Chestnut-sided Warbler

Black & White Warbler

Magnolia Warbler

Brown-headed Nuthatch

Blackburnian Warbler

Green Heron with branches for a nest

Soft-shelled Turtle

Veery, one of hundreds of thrushes that filled the island last week

Scarlet Tanager lands on the dunes

Common Loon munches on a crab


Black-bellied Whistling Ducks


 Red Fox kit taking off on the airport runway

Oh Oh!  Someone spotted me!

Great Horned Owl fledglings high in the Pine tree

Peek-a-boo!  I see you

Cottonmouth warns to stay away!

Nutria at the Audubon Sanctuary

Small Cottonmouth kills a Gray Catbird

Red-headed woodpecker

Turkey Tangle Fog - Fruit

Our plans are to drive northeast to the Blue Ridge Parkway through North Carolina and Virginia, to visit dear friends near Lynchburg.  Then around the big cities and into New England, the Maritime Provinces and a ferry trip back to Newfoundland.  Praying for God's safety and His ever abiding grace along the way as we enjoy His creation.

Love & Prayers,
Ty & Ida Baumann