White Deer Twins on the Riverwalk

White Deer Twins on the Riverwalk
These rare white deer twins were born this summer and have found a safe home at Dan Daniel Park and on the Riverwalk
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My name is David Hoffman. I teach English and journalism at Averett University, but I have two side interests - writing and photography. I also enjoy walking daily with my English setter, Sadie, and my wife, Elizabeth, on the Danville, Virginia, Riverwalk. As a novice to studying nature, I am fascinated by the slightest facets of the great outdoors, but most of my pictures are of birds - I don't know a lot about them, but I am learning more and enjoying taking pictures of them daily. I also take pictures of plants, other animals, and insects. All pictures posted for each day were taken on the day of my blog entry.

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Wednesday, March 17, 2010

Red-Winged Blackbirds

There was the distinct sound of a cell phone going off out in the middle of nowhere. Above the loud chirping sound of the frogs was the sound of a "rrrring-rrrrring." I looked up in a nearby tree and saw two black birds singing to each other in their 1950s ring tone. Even with a dog not too far below them, they didn't shy away from their interesting interpretation of a man-made modern invention. Later that evening as I was looking at the pictures, I realized that the birds were red-winged blackbirds. I had heard some friends mention that they had seen them hanging out at Angler's Park, but I had yet to see or hear them.

I didn't get my morning walk today, so Sadie and I went to the park for a 2 mile walk. Usually at Angler's Park there are some ducks in the marsh, and that's about it. Today, however, we were fortunate to see the red-winged blackbirds, a plover wading in the marsh, and some wonderful demonstrations of ducks landing and swimming about in the marshes. We also stopped to watch a team of youth soccer players go through their paces as they prepared for the up-coming soccer season. The weather was very comfortable (in the 50s). Tomorrow is going to be just as nice.

It was another good day on the Riverwalk.

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