It was no accident - the resort has laid out the grounds intentionally for optimal privacy, and mostly for optimal birds! You enter the grounds through a grape arbor that circles an ugly, but popular fountain.
|Seating in the grape arbor|
A variety of odd-looking AMERICAN GOLDFINCH were enjoying the fountain when we arrived.
Beyond the arbor, a number of cobble paths lead to the cottages and rooms, winding through fruit trees, berry shrubs, and flowers. Comfortable chairs are scattered throughout, most arranged in sets of two.
This stream connected three Koi ponds, the largest of which was right in front of our cottage.
There was plenty of seating, but my favorite spot was a bench on the edge of the pond.
We saw most of our birds while seated on this bench, sipping coffee or wine and enjoying the pleasant mornings and evenings.
These bull frogs resided in the largest koi pond (did you notice them in the pond photo?).
At the back of the grounds is a large open meadow with a lovely gazebo. This butterfly bush is planted nearby.
This BLACK PHOEBE was using one of the chairs as a vantage point for fly-catching. There were also a pair of Black Phoebes using the roof of our cottage for the same purpose.
The tree by our cottage, visible from my bench, was always full of birds - ORANGE-CROWNED and YELLOW WARBLERS, CASSIN'S VIREO, BUSHTITS and BLACK-CAPPED CHICKADEES.
The feeder outside our window was a popular spot for WHITE-BREASTED NUTHATCH, BLACK-HEADED GROSBEAKS, and ACORN WOODPECKERS (a first for me!).
|Western Scrub Jay|
SPOTTED TOWHEES and WESTERN SCRUB JAYS enjoyed picking up whatever fell below.
The TRUMPET VINES and other flowers, as well as the ugly fountain, were magnets for hummingbirds. We saw BLACK-CHINNED, ANNA'S and RUFOUS HUMMINGBIRDS. We saw most of them while walking back and forth for breakfast or tea, so I have only a couple of photos.
I love this series of an ANNA'S HUMMINGBIRD bathing.
The staff at Lithia Springs Resort were considerate and helpful, and they kept the feeders full and the chair cushions clean. The food was delicious and the facilities were comfortable, clean, and well-cared for. It was a lovely, relaxing, wonderful experience. You should try it!
I'll leave you with a few more of my favorite pix.
BIRD LIST FOR LITHIA SPRINGS RESORT, 9-7 THRU 9-9-2012
Black-throated Gray Warbler