Savannah Sparrow at Greenbury Point

Rain was in the forecast, so I decided to stay close to home this morning. I haven’t been to Greenbury in a while, and the nice weather brought in a few good birds. A very cooperative hawk was a good end to a short trip this morning.

Palm Warbler

This Palm Warbler was the first bird I saw this morning.

Eastern Bluebird

Eastern Bluebirds are doing well at Greenbury.

Savannah Sparrow

Savannah Sparrow

This Savannah Sparrow was a nice find.

Red Shouldered Hawk

Red Shouldered Hawk

Red Shouldered Hawk

Red Shouldered Hawk

Red Shouldered Hawk

Red Shouldered Hawk

When I first saw this young Red Shouldered Hawk, he was on the ground, which is unusual. He seemed to be eating something, but I never saw what it was. I was able to follow him to three different perches.

Prothonotary Warbler at Wooton’s Wetland Preserve

Another chilly morning that warmed quickly and brought out the birds. It was hard to choose a place this morning, but I settled on Wooton because of the good reports.
It was the right choice, for a change. There was a lot of activity for a while, and some good birds. I missed a couple more, but I won’t be complaining today.

Green Heron

Green Heron

I took several shots of this Green Heron from a distance, and he let me get quite a bit closer.

White Eyed Vireo

White Eyed Vireo

White Eyed Vireo

This is my week for White Eyed Vireos.

Brown Thrasher

Brown Thrasher

Brown Thrasher

This Brown Thrasher is another singer who ignores the photog when he’s serenading.

Bluebird

There were many Bluebirds out today.

Blue Gray Gnatcatcher

Blue Gray Gnatcatcher

Blue Gray Gnatcatcher

Blue Gray Gnatcatcher

Blue Gray Gnatcatchers will be plentiful until Fall.

Red Bellied Woodpecker

Red Bellied Woodpecker

I saw several Red Bellied Woodpeckers today also.

Prothonotary Warbler

Prothonotary Warbler

Prothonotary Warbler

Prothonotary Warbler

Prothonotary Warbler

Prothonotary Warbler

The Prothonotary Warbler is unmistakable, an almost shocking yellow flash in the trees overhead.

Mallard Ducklings at Governor Bridge Natural Area

The days are getting more Spring-like, and warblers are starting to trickle in. There were sightings at Governor Bridge yesterday, so I went to check them out.
Alas, the warblers are showing for everyone but me.
I did get a few acceptable shots, and I’ll keep trying.

Tundra Swan

Tundra Swan

Tundra Swan

These young Tundra Swans seem to be migrating late.

Pied Billed Grebe

Pied Billed Grebe

Cornell:”A small diving bird with a chicken-like bill, the Pied-billed Grebe is common on lakes and ponds across North America. It is rarely seen flying and prefers to sink out of sight when danger threatens.”

Mallard

12 Mallard ducklings. What’s not to like?

White Eyed Vireo

White Eyed Vireo

White Eyed Vireo

This White Eyed Vireo, like many singing birds, let me get quite close.

Canada Goose

This Canada Goose nest is covered in down.

Blue Gray Gnatcatcher at Wooton’s Wetlands Preserve

It was cold again this morning, and the skies were partly cloudy, but I left early for Wooton to find the good birds seen yesterday. Three hours didn’t produce much, but some other birders found a few that I missed.
I took a quick trip through the ‘hood this evening and found a few flowers.

Blue Gray Gnatcatcher

Blue Gray Gnatcatcher

Blue Gray Gnatcatcher

This Blue Gray Gnatcatcher was gathering nesting material from a Tent Caterpillar nest.

White Eyed Vireo

White Eyed Vireo

White Eyed Vireos are singing all through the park.

Yellow  Rumped Warbler

Yellow Rumped Warblers are showing up in numbers.

Swamp Sparrow

This is the first time I’ve seen a Swamp Sparrow in the grass.

Bluebird

Bluebird

Bluebirds are found all along the lower trail.

Flower 8

Flower 7

Flower 9

Dandelion 1

Bugs and flowers

Bugs and flowers

Common Loon at Lake Artemesia

It was cold this morning. I had heard about a nice flycatcher at Lake Artemesia, so Graeme and agreed to meet there this morning. Shortly after I arrived I was wishing I had brought gloves. So much for mid-April.
Some nice birds showed up right away, and it began to get warmer, so it was a good morning.
Still no warblers to speak of, but I hear they showed up at Wooton this morning.

Red Necked Grebe

Red Necked Grebe

Red Necked Grebe

This Red Necked Grebe should be heading Noth by now.

Tree Swallow

Tree Swallow

Tree Swallow

Three swallow species were cruising the lake including these Tree Swallows

Blue Gray Gnatcatcher

Blue Gray Gnatcatcher

Blue Gray Gnatcatcher

Blue Gray Gnatcatcher

I didn’t realize this Blue Gray Gnatcatcher was on a nest until I uploaded the images.

Goldfinch

Goldfinches are in breeding plumage.

Robin

This Robin was just sitting in the Sunh.

Downy Woodpecker

A classic Downy Woodpecker image.

Common Loon

The first bird I saw this morning was this very cooperative Common Loon.

Common Loon

White Eyed Vireo at Wooton Wetlands Preserve

The morning was cool and clear, and looked promising. I got to Wooton around 7:30, and found the Vireo right away, but it got really slow after that. I did get some decent images, but migration isn’t in full swing yet.

Canada Goose

Canada Goose

Canada Geese are nesting at Wooton, and still arguing about mates.

Osprey

This Osprey hovered for a long time while seeking prey.

Goldfinch

Goldfinch

Goldfinch

Many Goldfinches were foraging near the ponds.

Blue Gray Gnatcatcher

Blue Gray Gnatcatcher

I spotted this Blue Gray Gnatcatcher as I was leaving the park.

Cardinal

Cardinals were plentiful.

White Eyed Vireo

White Eyed Vireo

The White Eyed Vireo is a migrant, so where are his buddies?

Osprey at Quiet Waters Park

I had to drag out the Winter gear this morning, which didn’t bode well for a good migrant day.
In fact, I didn’t see much at all in two trips to Quiet Waters, even though migration is well under way.

Downy Woodpecker

This Downy Woodpecker and his mate were foraging along the road.

White Breasted Nuthatch

White Breasted Nuthatches continue to be very active.

Osprey

Osprey

Osprey

Many Ospreys were actively fishing in the park.

A Slow Day at Wooton Wetlands Preserve

It seems to be an unusually cool Spring, on the heels of a long cold spell, and it may be slowing migration.
2-3 hours at Wooton produced very little, and a quick trip to Truxton Park was a bust. Very frustrating.
White Eyed Vireo

White Eyed Vireo

It’s nice to have the White Eyed Vireos back, but this one was backlit.

American Coot

There are still a few American Coots in the small pond.

Red Winged Blackbird

Red Winged Blackbirds are well established in the marsh.

Mallard

Several Mallards flew over as I arrived.

Red Tailed Hawk

This Red Tailed Hawk was hunting over the marsh.

Northern Cardinal

This Northern Cardinal was singing along the trail.

Swamp Sparrow at Wooton Wetlands Preserve

It looked like another near perfect day, and I set out early for Wooton. I found a few good birds right away, so I tried the upper trail after traversing the lower trail twice. A waste of time, but good exercise I suppose. A big beaver provided some excitement.
The afternoon trip to Quiet Waters was a blank. Too damn many people.

Beaver

I just barely got a look at this large Beaver as he crossed the path.

Swamp Sparrow

There are always Swamp Sparrows at Wooton, but they seldom pose so well.

Goldfinch

First Goldfinch of the season.

Yellow  Rumped Warbler

Yellow  Rumped Warbler

Yellow Rumped Warblers are coming into breeding plumage.

Canada Goose

Canada Goose

This Canada Goose was protecting his mate from another Goose.

Eastern Bluebird

Eastern Bluebirds are getting easy to find.

White Throated Sparrow

Many White Throated Sparrows were foraging in the grass.

Prairie Warbler

It’s not a very good image, but I only got one chance at this Prairie Warbler.

Turtle

Another cooperative turtle.

Pileated Woodpecker at Quiet Waters

The weather gods continue to please, even if the birds are less cooperative. I seet out erly gor Governor Bridge in hopes of finding some warblers, but it didn’t happen. I did find a couple of migrants, but pickings were slim.
After a nap, I went to Quiet Waters, which also slow, I found a few birds and bugs.

Ruby Crowned Kinglet

This Ruby Crowned Kinglet is a first for this year.

Blue Gray Gnatcatcher

Blue Gray Gnatcatcher, another first.

White Eyed Vireo

I was lucky to get this White Eyed Vireo.

Eastern Towhee

THis Eastern Towhee was singing loudly from the top of a bush when I arrived, and when I left two hours later.

White Breasted Nuthatch

White Breasted Nuthatch

This White Breasted Nuthatch is nesting in Quiet Waters.

Pileated Woodpecker

This Pileated Woodpecker landed nearby while I was watching the Nuthatch.

Spider 96

Cocoon 1

Ladybug 12

Insect 100

Today's bugs.

Today’s bugs.