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A Place for Hummingbirds

September 11, 2009

Today we ventured out into nature again. Just 20 miles from our house is a popular spot along the Natchez Trace Parkway where hundreds of migrating hummingbirds stop through each day on their way to Central America for the winter.  They can be observed here throughout the month of September.

A short walk into the woods takes you to a beautiful creek and then to a beaver habitat, their dams creating a swampy area. Surrounding the swamp are thick beds of yellow and orange jewel weed which attracts several species of  hummingbirds.

All you can hear is the buzzing of a hundred pairs of wings at any given moment and the little high-pitched chirps of the birds as they compete for a favorite flower.

I was not even close to getting a picture of these amazingly fast and shy little birds. But I was able to collect a few images from this magical place.

Leaves on the Ground

Leaves on the ground are showing some fall color . . .

Colbert Creek

Stepping stones across the creek

Colbert Creek 2

View along the creek

Beaver Dam

Beaver dam

Leaf in the Woods

A single leaf

Beaver Pond

Jewel weed in the foreground along the shore

Jewel Weed

Closeup of jewel weed

It rained on our drive back home along the parkway. I took a few pictures out the window, because I love having wide open spaces so close to home. And I even liked the fuzziness of the pictures in the mist and taken from the moving car.

Field 1

Field 2

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