I was trying to choose my photos for tonight’s posting and stopped searching when I got to this Carolina chickadee from this morning.  I paused and looked at the softness of the almost spring in the pinks of the redbud tree blossoms and the elegant contrast of the small bird’s black and white plumage.  Thought: we could all do with a quiet moment in these days of stress.  So, take a minute and just be, just be with the little chickadee as he too paused in his day.  Peace and Grace, Doc Ellen

The Jordan Lake Neighborhood Roundup, part 2
songbirds and flycatchers
Eastern Phoebe
This medium sized flycatcher was still just long enough for me catch its profile.
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Prairie Warbler
This songster was a new addition to my life list.  It is a summer breeder here.
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Chipping Sparrow
He has a beak that is crammed full with insects.
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Eastern Wood-Pewee
The pewee often has a favorite look-out perch branch and will return to it in-between catching flying insects.
This is a pair of wood-pewee fledglings that are playing king-of-the-perch-branch.
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Yellow-throated Warbler.
Just how handsome can a bird get?
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Carolina Chickadee
The bird to the right is the parent chickadee.
The bird to the left is a newly fledged chickadee – still very awkward in flight.

My ramble in the Jordan Lake Neighborhood!
Ranger Mom and the Osprey
Had a disagreement: Uh oh.  The osprey started it.  Dove on the bald eagle several times.
Eagle yelled but didn’t go anywhere.  Having thumbed its beak at the bigger raptor the osprey flew back to its nest.
Eagle went back to glaring at the world.
Female hooded merganser – they always have a bad hair day.
Carolina chickadee – do you see the legs of his breakfast insect hanging out each side of his beak?
Solitary sandpiper. These are usually found in our coastal areas. There was a pair of them visiting the Ranger eagle nest cove.
Rusty blackbird. This is the first one I have seen at Jordan Lake. I usually find them on the Outer Banks.
Wood duck drake. Isn’t his eye a startling color! This is normal for an adult male.
A pair of snowy egrets were escorted across the cove by a red-winged blackbird.
An immature male summer tanager. A summer visitor. When he matures he will be feathered in solid orange plumage.