Sunday, April 18, 2010

Mt. Carmel, COE Campground

This morning we drove to the Mt. Carmel campground still on the J. Strom Thurmond Lake. About an hour & a half drive north. We had our pick of the prime sites.(sites 30-33 are really nice).
This campground is even nicer then Modoc which was just beautiful. Our site, 31, is huge, very private and with a nice path to the lake. Once again, Gopher was able to roam around. There is not much civilization out this way. We passed through the town of McCormick. It had the only grocery store and gas station around.
One thing we enjoy is identifying birds. We have an Audubon guide plus a bird identification program on the i-Pod. Getting a positive ID is not all that easy. Bird coloration varies with maturity and season. It always seems that the bird we see is not the one shown in the pictures we look at. We did identify the Tufted Titmouse(Baecolophus bicolor); a beautiful small gray bird.
Monday: Gopher & I were sitting outside early in the morning. She was laying down near the woods. A Tufted Titmouse landed right next to her and began pulling at the hair on her back leg. Gopher looked as if to say "Who are you and what are you doing?". I tried to get a picture but, wouldn't you know it, the batteries in the camera were dead. By the time I put in new batteries the bird was gone. My guess was that the bird was collecting material for a nest. I brushed Gopher and left a few piles of hair here & there. Sure enough, about noon time we were sitting outside and the pair of birds returned. One started pulling at one of the piles of dog hair. This time the camera was ready!!. Just finished reading the article on this bird. Here is a quote "They line the nest with soft material, sometimes plucking hair from a live animal such as a dog." Funny.

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