Bird Lecture and Exploration

“Really? The bald eagle has 2 focal point in each eye? Whoa! There is a relative of the desert roadrunner that visits Jordan Lake each summer! Come and explore with Doc Ellen some of the most interesting, odd and take home facts about the birds at Jordan Lake. Be dressed for the hot weather and bring binoculars as the second half of the program will be outdoors as we look for eagles and oddities.”

For more information contact Doc Ellen via FB https://www.facebook.com/docellen/ or please email steve.mcmurray@ncparks.gov.

Free admission.  Family friendly.

Date of Event:
Saturday, June 29, 2019 – 10:00am to 12:00pm
Start Location: 
Jordan Lake State Park Visitor Center, directly off of Hwy. 64., 280 State Park Road, Apex, NC
Hike Length and Difficulty: 
Easy less then 1/2 mile

I had just settled into my chair on the shoreline of the lake this morning. A family of deer stepped from the swampy area across from me. Momma Deer was cautious but she was also curious about the human quietly sitting in her chair. I smiled as she led her family across the shallow water and stepped up on the bank about 12 feet from me. Hesitating for a moment, Momma deer decided I wasn’t a danger. The family trotted past me and headed up the hill toward their daytime resting place. Oh, my.

 

Jordan Lake Bald Eagle nest: H&G nest and Shadows
This morning Hershey, like me (see earlier post), found his own shadow.
His face was bisected by the leading edge shadow of his wing.
Hershey then flew out of the shadow on the next wing beat.
Flew into the shadow of his wingtip which cradled his face.
Flew out again.
The last I saw of him, his wingtip shadow was edging across his chest as he flew into the shadow of the tree at the bend of the shoreline.
He was headed toward his nest.

Jordan Lake, Friday, June 14, 2019.
The lake is slowly but surely coming down.
This morning I found a shadow of me.
Go ahead and zoom in a little bit on the left side of the frame of the video as you watch.
 I hope it brings back good memories to each of you. Memories of learning how to see the world differently.
Take care, be safe.

Shelter Osprey Nest
Ever have one of those days when you need to get the house straightened up?
You get started on rearranging things and then something is just not right?
That flight feather that has been annoying you decides it is going to be extra pesky.
Drat!  Stop the work on the house.  Pull the offending feather out!
Woooooffff!! Spit it out and watch it float away.  So, there!!!