Thursday, January 15, 2015

Bob Jones Nature Center, January 2015

It's been a pretty gloomy January thus far. Today was the first sunny day in at least a week, which of course meant I was itching to get out and shoot. Today's destination: the Bob Jones Nature Center on the opposite side of Grapevine Lake.

Bob Jones Nature Center
The very friendly and helpful office manager, Elaine Parry, gave me a lot of great information about the area trails and local history.  The sun was fairly high in the sky by the time I left the visitor center, and its warmth felt fantastic.

Bob Jones Nature Center
Post oak woodlands ring the nature center property, encircling land undergoing prairie restoration.  The hiking trails are well-maintained mowed grass.

Bob Jones Nature Center
Off the nature center property there are more trails on land maintained by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.  Signage is limited, and could probably be a bit more specific. ;)

Red Squirrel, Bob Jones Nature Center
I saw a group of four white-tailed deer on the trail but wasn't able to get a clear shot of them.  So when I got back to the nature center I decided to hang out by their feeders for a bit to see who came to help themselves.  Not surprisingly, a red squirrel was one of the first.

Chipping Sparrow, Bob Jones Nature Center
If you can change your focus quickly enough, the photobomber can become the subject.  Hello, Chipping Sparrow!

American Goldfinches, Bob Jones Nature Center
Like back in Colorado, the American Goldfinches had the heartiest appetites.  I don't know why they throw so many good seeds on the ground, though.

American Goldfinches, Bob Jones Nature Center
"Room for one more?"

American Goldfinches, Bob Jones Nature Center
"NO!  We're full!"

American Goldfinches, Bob Jones Nature Center
"All right, but four is the absolute maximum.  Everybody keep a sharp eye out for intruders!"

I also saw Northern Cardinals, Eastern Bluebirds, Carolina Chickadees, Dark-eyed Juncos and a Pileated Woodpecker during my initial visit to the Bob Jones Nature Center.  A nice place that I look forward to coming back to!


Unknown said...

Hi Steve,
I love your pictures from BJNC! So pretty! Plus, the commentary between the goldfinches is hilarious. I posted a link to this blog posting on BJNC's Facebook so our members can find and read it!

SteveHarbula said...

Thanks a lot for the kind words, and the link from your Facebook page! :)

Rusty Pafford said...

Thanks for sharing your pics and comments at BJNC. RP, volunteer

SteveHarbula said...

Thanks, Rusty! Looking forward to my next visit. :)