Saturday, June 25, 2016

Birds…LOTS of birds in Goethe State Forest!

Driving down the dirt road in Goethe State Forest gave us an opportunity to see all kinds of critters.

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(there’s a turkey in the pic if you look close)

It was WAY off the beaten path!

And when a turkey made a turn off ‘his path’ right in front of our car, he decided to FLY!

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He looked so funny walking or waddling as fast as he could before he took flight. (I was lucky to get one photo in flight)

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Then when we came around another bend we spotted trees FILLED with birds. We had no idea what they were until we could come home and get the bird books out to ID them.

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We’ve decided they are Tree Swallows and there were 100s or 1,000s of them in the trees and in the sky!

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I stood under the tree and looked straight up to get some of the photos! What a sight!

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So that was part of our adventure last weekend!

Florida is the home to so many different birds!

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I’m joining Saturday’s critters HERE

and I’d Rather B Birdin’.

31 comments:

Primitive Stars said...

Wow!!!! That is a lot of birds,love the forest. Blessings Francine.

eileeninmd said...

Hello, cool capture of the turkey flying. I have seen them walking or running, lol. I love seeing all the swallows, they are pretty birds. Florida does have some great birds!

Thank you so much for linking up and sharing your post. Happy Saturday, enjoy your day and weekend!

Lea said...

My goodness, that is a lot of birds!
Great to catch the turkey in flight, too!

Joyce Mayer said...

Good Saturday Morning,

Love the last shot - but you sure did take a chance (if you know what I mean). Thank you for sharing.

Happy weekend.

Diane said...

Amazing!! Plus a turkey in flight! Doubly amazing!

Debbie said...

WoW!!! i have never seen that many birds all together like that, even the black birds!! lucky you to capture the turkey in flight, it almost looks like a bald eagle!! have a wonderful weekend!!!

Judith @ Lavender Cottage said...

Great captures Diane, did you get the feeling of Alfred Hitchcock's 'The Birds' seeing that many swallows at once? lol

Cloudia said...

Wow! Thrilling, D!

Christine said...

Fantastic to get a shot of a TURKEY in flight! So rare! love the tree filled with birds too!
Happy weekend!

Jedidja said...

Beautiful pictures! Super.

DUTA said...

At first, the sight of all those birds is somehow frightening. After a few minutes, one becomes aware of a certain might that emanates from this huge gathering of birds and it quite astonishes one. I've seen this kind of bird gathering at an alpaca farm in the desert, not very far from the Dead Sea.

Connie said...

Hi Diane, this is so cool . . . I did not know that turkeys could fly. You're a brave girl to stand under that many birds to get a photo, LOL. I don't think that I would have taken the chance. Truth is you got some amazing photos of them :)
Happy weekend!
Connie :)

Author R. Mac Wheeler said...

We get a lot of passers-through too.

:)

carol l mckenna said...

Gorgeous bird photography and what a delightful nature walk ~

Happy Day and Weekend to you ~ ^_^

Breathtaking said...

Hello!:) Wow!! What an amazing sight to see so many swallows congregating in the trees, and you got wonderful shots of them in both the trees and sky. The turkey taking flight right before your eyes was an opportune moment to get yet two more great shots.:)Well done!
Enjoy your Weekend Diane.:)

Susie said...

Diane, What amazing sights. I loved seeing the turkey fly . The tree full of birds..too weird. Blessings to you and your sweetie , xoxo, Susie

Maggie Ann said...

I too love to see great 'swarms' of birds. When huge numbers of them would swoop across the sky, my Grandmother would say 'they are going to a wedding'. I don't know if that saying is accurate or not. well....as folk tales.

Anni said...

Those swallow images just take my breath away! Amazing.

And I have have NEVER in my life seen a turkey fly...wild or tame.

Thanks so much for stopping by to share this post with all us birders at I'd Rather B Birdin' this week. It's always appreciated.

Arlene Grimm said...

Back home from vacation and checking in with all my favorite bloggers!! Hey, you could make a big pie with all those "blackbirds".

Happy@Home said...

How fun that you captured that turkey shot. I don't think I've ever seen a turkey fly before. The tree full of swallows is an interesting sight too.
I saw several birds on our recent trip to FL that I was unfamiliar with. Took one pic of a little family of some type of big tall birds. We were in Kissimmee and Venice and it was hot. Of course it's hot here too. Thankful for the A/C.

Sam I Am...... said...

I think your state should be called the natural state...not AR! LOL! Good job on the photos!

Linda aka Crafty Gardener said...

That is a lot of swallows, perhaps they were having a convention.

Carla from The River said...

Hi,
I am back. And I am always excited about your bird posts. Great photos and I like that you share what kind of birds you see, you take the time to look them up for us. Thank You!
Carla

Geraldine said...

that reminded me of the Alfred Hitchcock movie, looking at that tree filled with birds. Not as spooky though. ;-) Hope you have a good week Diane, hugs, G

NatureFootstep said...

what an experience. How I wish I was there as well. Loved to see your images :)

Inger said...

You had an Audubon day!

Stephanie said...

Love, love, LOVE the photos of the birds in the tree...what great captures, my friend.

Have a great week! Hugs!

Gina145 said...

What wonderful photos. I don't think I've ever seen so many birds in one place before.

Connie Smiley said...

What an adventure! That must have been a sight!

BeachGypsy said...

Mercy thats alot of birds!!!

JoAnn ( Scene Through My Eyes) said...

Wow!!!!!!!!!!! What a fantastic shot of that turkey in flight - I've never seen one fly. And the swallows - more amazing shots - lucky you didn't get a little "deposit" from them while you were looking up at them. Hee Hee - have a happy friendly day!!!