I've been trying to photograph the Red breasted Nuthatch at my parent's house in good light. It's proven to be very difficult! The Red breasted Nuthatch shows up everyday at around 4pm but has been very skittish. A Sharp Shinned Hawk has been visiting hourly to the yard as well.
I find people start to give you birding-related paraphernalia when they learn you are a birder. I've been given field guides, books, Artwork, Framed Photography... great stuff. My latest gift though is an old Audubon's field guide from 1949.
The coolest thing about this guide is the fact that they have an Ivory-billed Woodpecker included in the woodpecker section. Even in 1949, the write refers to this bird as 'doomed' due to the deforestation of Southern forests. How sad...
Another gift was some huge Audubon's art prints!
I birded Lakeview Marina today and had some pretty good photos. I plan on going back tomorrow after work to hopefully get some better shots.