Male Swallowtail
Swallowtail feeds young family.

Recently at Valle Crucis Park, mainly getting exercise, I noticed a lot of birds racing low across the open fields. They were fast and agile, darting one direction to the next searching for food.

I was close to a box and it was numbered ’81.’ While observing the feeding of several birds one came close, landed and entered the box. I took a picture and noticed it was a Tree Swallow. All of those birds were Tree Swallows. They are a fast flying songbird. Males have a bluish color and the females not so pronounced. The notched tail is a trademark of the swallowtail.

Anyway, I photographed this one male coming and going from the box. No doubt there are young ones in box 81.

Taking a Snooze
Chipmonk taking a nap on a Spring Day.

I was lucky to catch this Chipmonk taking a nap behind my house. We have plenty of these guys and they are so active, this is a first.

View from Mount Jefferson
A beautiful view of the surrounding area.

A beautiful place to visit and have a nice family picnic. There are also great views of the surrounding valley, Jefferson and West Jefferson. You can also see far into Tennessee and Virginia.

To add to the adventure there are plenty of trails to explore and you can park your family at the shelter at the top and have a nice cookout. Restrooms are available.

Wat to visit? Go to this link for more information: Mount Jefferson State Natural Area

Something told me to look up while I was working today and what did I see? Sugarloaf had two visitors today – Bald Eagles. One was for sure a juvenile, maybe 3-years old and the other is at least five but what got me was the black tips on the adult one. Or maybe it is not a full adult yet. Anyway, what a sight to watch.