Backyard birding is wonderful, there’s no doubt about it. As much I love spotting birds at the park or the beach, or while hiking in a nature preserve, having a bird visit my very own yard makes me feel a little closer to it – a little like it belongs to me. So I was awfully excited last week when I went out onto my back porch to water some flowers and spotted this in the trees outside:
It’s a terrible picture, I know, but hey – it’s TWO BALD EAGLES! In my very own backyard! I didn’t really do anything to bring them there; we’re fortunate enough to live in an area that is good bald eagle habitat, with lots of water for fishing and tall trees for roosting and nesting. I’ve seen them flying in the sky from time to time, but to find them (TWO!) perched in my very own trees was just amazing.
Of course, they took off before I could get any decent pictures that weren’t obscured by the screen, though I did get a few more when they landed again across the lake, like the one above. I was so exhilarated just by spotting them so close, in my own backyard (I wasn’t even wearing shoes!), that it didn’t really matter. I had just added our national bird to my backyard spotting list – it made my day.
What about you? What bird has landed in your trees, or stopped by your feeder, and made you feel a little thrill of excitement? Tell us your story in the comments below!