My quest to see a Pileated Woodpecker…

Pileated Woodpeckers have fascinated me since I started birding. They are commonly sighted in one of my favorite birding spots, Weymouth Woods Sandhills Nature Preserve near Southern Pines, NC. I have made the trip down there with my oldest several times and we fell in love with the area (more on Weymouth Woods in another post soon) and the preserve. It truly is one of my happy places. With each trip down there, I would have high hopes of seeing a Pileated! But it wasn’t until I was able to convince my husband to accompany me on a trip down that I finally got eyes on not one but 3 of them! I had been wanting to show him the area for quite some time; to me it has the potential of being our forever home when he finally retires. We didn’t get on the trails as early as I had hoped since we drove around town for awhile so he could see the area. He loved the area as much as I did! We hiked around the preserve on many of the trails and saw many birds, Carolina Chickadees, Tufted Titmice, Robins, Red-bellied Woodpeckers, to name a few. We spent a few hours looking and enjoying the day but still now Pileated Woodpecker. We decided to give up, head back to the car, and start for home since it was starting to get dark…it was January after all. As […]

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Going way back…

My little brother came into town yesterday, we only had a few hours together but it was so good to see him. I hate that we live on opposite sides of the country. We spent time talking with our dad about our mom and it got me thinking of an old photo of her that I hadn’t seen in years so I’ve been digging around trying to find it but I keep coming up empty. I did, however, find few old gems that I didn’t even know existed! Ready to go back to the 70s? I can’t believe I am actually sharing these but I’m sure we all have photos that should never see the light of day. On the left is yours truly, with my first camera! That was a family trip we took in 1976…a road trip from Southern California to Memphis, TN for a family reunion. I remember that trip fondly. It was back in the day before mandatory seatbelts. My dad had traded cars with a coworker so we made the trip in a big, old van! My brother and I spent the trip playing in the very back of it, getting truckers to honk at us and all the other things one used to enjoy on long road trips. On the right is one of my first photos. I actually don’t even know why my dad kept it, I certainly wouldn’t have. It is from […]

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