Sometimes the strangest things happen on Conservancy preserves. Recently, I saw this brightly colored bird (see photo). I was pretty sure it was someone’s loose parakeet. The bright colors really stood out. Conservancy Board member Mike Bradbury officially identified it as a Budgerigar. It is a native of Australia, but my guess is that this guy was someone’s released pet. It’s a non-native, so it is not something we’d find particularly appealing for Conservancy purposes. But still, it was a surprise and a colorful addition to the preserves, even for a moment or two. You can find out more about this bird at:
Conservancy field personnel captured this close-up of an osprey (Pandion haliaetus) flying overhead from a nearby perch. The photo was taken on Conservancy mitigation land associated with a managed marsh complex. In prior years, some called this species the “fish hawk.” Clearly, the claws would be useful in catching fish.… Continue Reading Nail trim needed?