It is exciting to get a shiny new camera. Like most electronics, they start out looking very nice and functioning well, but a camera used for birding is going to get a bit banged up. Sometimes the damage is just cosmetic and not really important. But sometimes things break and have to be repaired. What do you do when your camera breaks?
Today, as we watch the snow melt after a freak early spring snowstorm here in Maryland, I think back to our visit to the Yucatan last November. Skies were sunny, the ocean was so very blue, temperatures were perfect and people were friendly and kind. Our trip revolved around family and wasn’t a birding expedition, but we still saw some cool birds in Mexico. I think of it as “birding around the edges.” Here are some of the birds we saw on our adventure in the Yucatan.
Note: On this trip, we saw birds in Cancun, Tulum, Progresso and Merida in the Yucatan. (We returned to the Yucatan the following summer and saw More Birds of Mexico.)Continue reading Birds Seen in Mexico
Usually I’m not thrilled when huge flocks of birds descend on the yard, displacing our “regulars” from feeders and birdbaths. But when fifty-six (at least!) Cedar Waxwings visited, I was happily excited. Unlike big flocks of Common Grackles, European Starlings and Brown-Headed Cowbirds, this crowd was not aggressive towards the other birds and didn’t displace them. They didn’t want anything from the feeders after all. They didn’t mess with the other birds and the other birds didn’t mess with them. They were just there to drink.