By Julie on April 14, 2023 Not Birds of Prey Jon and Nigel enjoyed zipping around the lake. The lake is so low right now that most of the boat ramps are closed, so the boat traffic is greatly diminished. Pippa is growing up fast. She’s about 7 months old, I think. A pair of cattle egrets spent the day in the cove. They’re dressed in their tinted spring finery at the moment. You can see the zebra mussels that are underwater when the lake level is more normal. This is a young golden-fronted woodpecker. When it gets a little older and bigger, it will have splotches of red, orange, and yellow on its head. Don’t you think cedar waxwings look like they’re air-brushed? And clearly they influenced the design of the Cylons in Battlestar Galactica. First monarch this year. Northern cardinal, Virginia’s state bird. And a bunch of other states’, as well. We have two nest boxes with baby black-crested titmice. Suzy has been looking in on them every few days; the babies are looking much more like birds now that we can see actual feathers. Photo by Suzy.