Google+ Mommy Moments with Abby: Ramsey Canyon Preserve July 9 2012 Day 3

Wednesday, September 5, 2012

Ramsey Canyon Preserve July 9 2012 Day 3

We arrived back where we were staying and we walked over to the Ramsey Canyon Preserve to check out what they had to offer.  We were very pleased at the friendly staff and that they showed us exactly where a Violet-Crowned Hummingbird's nest was seen.  With our new knowledge we headed on the trail.

The trails were well maintained and there was a spot marked for where the kids could play in the water when the stream had water in it.  It seemed like the perfect place to take a family on a hike.
Anyone or any group looking to set up a preserve can take some notes from this preserve it was amazing.

Our first bird sighting was the  Bridled Titmouse.

A long the trail they have some feeders set up and they have chairs set up for those who want to just sit, watch, and relax.
The first hummingbird we saw was the Broad-Billed Hummingbird.
A deer wondered in our path.  He seemed un-phased by the intruders to his feeding ground.
A pair of woodpeckers chatted over something in their nesty home.
The deer just kept munching.
There were some cool looking homesteads on the property.
The first one was very long.
The second looked more like a home that if fixed up I would love to have!
We continued on the trail to find a Dusky Capped Flycatcher.
He checked us out quickly before moving on.
A Greater Pewee was perched high in a tree and seemed to be keeping an eye on us.
He flew in lower for a closer look.

Satisfied he went about his day.
A female Hepatic Tanager got a little noisy as we  walked near by.
She followed us for a little bit.
Before venturing in for a closer look.

Satisfied she flew off!
Back at the feeders we saw one of my favorite Hummingbirds, the Magnificent Hummingbird.
The female Magnificent was there as well.
She posed before taking a drink.
In this shot you can really see the white over the eye!
He was beautiful to watch.
His greenish blue was really showing here!
The feeder was turning which gave us different views of this awesome sight.
You can see some of his other colors in this shot, notice the greenish-yellow on the chest.
This close up gives you some of his detailing!

We headed back down and spotted a Sulphur-Bellied Flycatcher.
He was too busy catching treats to pay us any mind.
At exactly the spot we were told we found the nest.
The Violet Crowned Hummingbird was sitting on her nest.
She seemed to keep a watchful eye on us as we photographed her.
I love how long her orange bill is and to be honest the nest is so small I kept wondering how she and the eggs all fit inside.  I had that in mind as we went to the room to get ready for a dinner out.

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