Canada Geese - The Hall of Einar - photograph (c) David Bailey (not the)

Duck, Duck, Goose

The Canada Goose is yet another of the species introduced to the UK by people. We have the cheek to refer to …

Reed Bunting - The Hall of Einar - photograph (c) David Bailey (not the)

Reed Bunting

Skills grow like children; imperceptibly. It’s over forty years since I saw my first Reed Bunting and went home to draw it …

Red Fox - The Hall of Einar - photograph (c) David Bailey (not the)

Red Fox

There’s an amazing Red Fox which spends its time in the gardens here in Virginia. I’m surprised to see one here, but …

Skink - The Hall of Einar - photograph (c) David Bailey (not the)

Skink in the garden

A lunchtime trip to the garden in Virginia and there’s a Skink on the path. It’s bathing in the hot sun and …

Northern Mockingbird - The Hall of Einar - photograph (c) David Bailey (not the)

Northern Mockingbird

Whenever I’ve heard a bird singing, here in Virginia, and I haven’t been able to recognise its song, it’s always been a …

Gray Catbird - The Hall of Einar - photograph (c) David Bailey (not the)

Catbird v Cowbird

There’s an ancient battle being played out in the woods and fields of Virginia. It’s Catbird v Cowbird and I have a …

Red Bellied Woodpecker - The Hall of Einar - photograph (c) David Bailey (not the)

Red Bellied Woodpecker

I’ve been ever so slightly keen on seeing woodpeckers while I’ve been in Virginia. They are common here because there are many …

Female Blue Dasher dragonfly - The Hall of Einar - photograph (c) David Bailey (not the)

A dash of Blue Dasher

There are plenty of dragonflies over the creek at the bottom of the garden here in Virginia. This one is a Blue …

Northern Cardinal - The Hall of Einar - photograph (c) David Bailey (not the)

The 100 year old ban

Red Cardinals were once prized as a pet, but their sale as captive birds in cages was banned in the United States …

Six Spotted Tiger Beetle - The Hall of Einar - photograph (c) David Bailey (not the)

The tiger with six spots

We’re walking along the River Potomac in Virginia, in Scott’s Run Nature Preserve. It’s hot and humid: Along the path are the …

Twelve-Spotted Skimmer - The Hall of Einar - photograph (c) David Bailey (not the)

The Twelve-Spotted Skimmer

I love how decorative this Twelve-Spotted Skimmer dragonfly is: It looks completely different against this background: And when they are flying, they …

Broad Headed Skink - The Hall of Einar - photograph (c) David Bailey (not the)

Skinky

We are walking along the Potomac River in Scott’s Run, a small nature preserve trapped between State Route 193 to the south, …

Eastern Cottontail - The Hall of Einar - photograph (c) David Bailey (not the)

Cottontail

We’re waiting in the heat of a Virginia afternoon for an Uber. I hope I have grandchildren so that I can tell …