|Dave helping me locate the Brewster's Warbler
Mosquitoes REALLY seem to like me, but my body does not like them. Too many bites and I swell up like a balloon, and feel flu-ish. Having to take Benadryl to deal with it is not my idea of a good way to spend the weekend, so instead I choose to stay close to home over the summer and enjoy our summer birds, like Baltimore Orioles and Ruby-throated Hummingbirds in our backyard.
On June 17th I decided to risk it. We were invited on a little road trip by our friends, Dave and Andi, for a morning of birding and a picnic lunch at Big Chute. This was the first get together with them since confirming Andi and I are actually cousins (you can read about that here) and after finding out Dave went out and purchased some mosquito netting clothing for me, how could we say no.
They picked us up at 6:30am and after the new cousins shared a big hug we were on the road. I'm actually not even sure where we went, the Port Severn area I believe. I'm not going to lie, when we got to our destination I was a little worried about how bad the bugs were going to be. I had even brought a book with me in case I needed to stay in the car. I put on my mosquito attire, sprayed the bug spray and hoped for the best. Thankfully, except for one area they weren't too bad.
The highlight of the trip for me when we go birding with others is always the company, but the highlight bird of the day was the Brewster's Warbler, a hybrid of Golden-winged and Blue-winged, and one Rob and I had never seen before.
|I enjoyed watching the MANY dragonflies, like this Racket-tailed Emerald.
|Snapping Turtle at the Big Chute marina.
|Waving to Rob and Dave.
It was a great outing, and I'm glad I didn't let the mosquitoes keep me home.