Male Northern Cardinal at Woodland Park, Herndon VA, 2/26/12.
Despite my best intentions, a long weekend of travel disrupted the DB routine and I was unable to photograph birds last Thursday through Saturday. Thus I'm playing catch-up now with photos taken Sunday morning near my temporary outpost in Herndon, VA.
Luckily, I hit on a small sweet spot at the edge of the woods and found a number of my old northern VA bird favorites there.
Carolina Wren at Woodland Park, Herndon VA, 2/26/12.
American Goldfinch at Woodland Park, Herndon VA, 2/26/12.
Tufted Titmouse at Woodland Park, Herndon VA, 2/26/12.
Black-capped Chickadee at Woodland Park, Herndon VA, 2/26/12.
So that covers the five days of my trip, but I've got some bonus birds too...
Female Northern Cardinal at Woodland Park, Herndon VA, 2/26/12.
And finally, a juvenile Red-tailed Hawk being harassed by American Crows over Woodland Park, Herndon VA, 2/27/12.
American Robin at Goldfield rec site along the Salt River, 2/19/12.
Once a common backyard sight when we lived in the east, robins are a rare treat for us to see around Phoenix. This was one of a small flock feasting on bugs and mistletoe berries in the mesquites near the river trail.
Bald Eagle in its nest tree along the Salt River, 2/17/12.
Thanks to info from a fellow birder/eagle fan, I was able to locate this nest today. It is on Indian tribal land across the Salt River from one of the Tonto National Forest rec sites. It took a little hiking, but I was thrilled to finally spot it.
This photo is from a different angle -- you can just make out the shape of one eaglet's head above the nest. I was told there are two eaglets in there, but the other must have been hiding behind the twigs.
Although they are no longer "endangered", Bald Eagles still enjoy special federal status, and their immediate nesting areas are protected by law. So getting this much of a (legal) view was a real treat for me!