Tagged with birdwatching

Family Matters at Dyke Marsh

Family Matters at Dyke Marsh

Now that spring has finally sprung, I look forward to our walks at my favorite local place to watch the seasons turn: the Dyke Marsh Wildlife Preserve. Just south of Old Town Alexandria along the scenic George Washington Memorial Parkway, Dyke Marsh does have its scrappy patches, the old wounds still visible and, in places, growing. Still, there … Continue reading

Sunrise at the Bear River Migratory Bird Refuge

Sunrise at the Bear River Migratory Bird Refuge

“The air is wild with voices, avian dialects are being spoken from every direction. The sky vibrates with wings.” (Terry Tempest Williams, Refuge) One of the things I love about going to Utah is the inevitable early mornings: I wake up before dawn, otherwise a painful procedure. Last week, such early morning happened to be … Continue reading

Assateague Island: Where the Wild Horses Roam

Assateague Island: Where the Wild Horses Roam

“My treasures do not click together or glitter. They gleam in the sun and neigh in the night.”  (Bedouin proverb) A trip to Assateague, where wild horses graze and shore birds fly over dunes, marshes, shrublands, and forests, all within a 37-mile island shared by Virginia and Maryland, is an early-October tradition. Goldenrods are in … Continue reading

Getting Lost on a Wednesday: Gatorland

Getting Lost on a Wednesday: Gatorland

I am heading to balmy Florida for work today. Below is a picture of a place that surprised me last time I visited: Gatorland. It did not sound like my kind of entertainment, but turned out to be a wonderful place to see stunning shore birds.

Kenilworth Aquatic Gardens: The Lotus Season

Kenilworth Aquatic Gardens: The Lotus Season

Did you know that July is the lotus season in DC? Last week, I wrote about my late-June stroll through the serene and beautiful Kenilworth Park and Aquatic Gardens, “where water and wind dance,” and the lotus ponds were just beginning their bloom. This weekend, I went back for the park’s Lotus and Water Lily Festival. Ponds upon ponds of … Continue reading