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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 …

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 …

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 …

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

Screaming Blue Jays

There’s a raucous screaming outside in the car park. It’s the Blue Jays again. They call to each other all the time. …