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.

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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.

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Cocoon 1

Ladybug 12

Insect 100

Today's bugs.

Today’s bugs.

Palm Warbler at Wooton Wetlands Park

Another nice Spring day had me trying to decide where to go. After some coffee, I elected to try Wooton again. While it was a little slow, I found a few nice birds and got a couple of decent shots. It seemed as though Turtles were on the move all day.
I made a quick afternoon trip to Quiet Waters and found some nest Nuthatches.

Red Bellied Cooter

Turtle

Red Bellied Cooter

I found three Turtles crossing the path today. Unusual, in my experience.

Eastern Bluebird

Eastern Bluebird

Eastern Bluebird

Eastern Bluebirds were very active today.

Eastern Bluebird

White Throated Sparrow

White Throated Sparrows will be migrating very soon.

Dark Eyed Junco

Dark Eyed Juncos will also be leaving soon.

Swamp Sparrow

Swamp Sparrows are always found near water.

Eastern Towhee

Eastern Towhee

This Eastern Towhee was singing loudly for a mate.

White Breasted Nuthatch

This pair of White Breasted Nuthatches are nesting in Quiet Waters.

White Breasted Nuthatch

American Coot

Several American Coots were in one of the small ponds.

Palm Warbler

Palm Warbler

Palm Warbler

This Palm Warbler is the first migrant I’ve photographed this Spring.

Pied Billed Grebe at Quiet Waters

Another beautiful day, but not much variety. Quiet Waters is perfectly situated for migrants, but I’m not seeing them yet.
An afternoon trip to Truxtun Park didn’t fare any better.

Flower

This might be a Cherry Blossom, but I’m not sure.

Carolina Wren

Carolina Wren

This Carolina Wren is greeting me often.

House Sparrow

This female House Sparrow seemed to be sunbathing.

Canada Goose

Canada Goose

These Canada Goose were paddling serenely around the lake.

Wood Duck

This Wood Duck was by himsef today.

Mallard

This Mallard had the cove all to himself.

Pied Billed Grebe

This Pied Billed Grebe has been solo for the last two days.

Northern Flicker at Quiet Waters Park

We’re finally getting some Spring weather. A few warblers have been reported, but the buds and insects aren’t in full evidence, so I decided to try Quiet Waters.
It was really a bit slow, but I found a few birds and a couple of bugs to get the season started.

Carolina Wren

Carolina Wren

I heard this Carolina Wren singing loudly, and looked around for a few seconds before I realized he was right in front of me.

Bluebird

Quiet Waters is a good place to find Bluebirds.

Double Crested Cormorant

Double Crested Cormorant

For once, you can see the crests on this Double Crested Cormorant.

Canada Goose

This Canada Goose is nesting in the park.

Great Blue Heron

This Great Blue Heron flew right in front of me.

Pied Billed Grebe

This Pied Billed Grebe has been in the cove for about a week now.

Northern Flicker

This Northern Flicker was the first bird I saw this morning.

Larva 1

Ladybug 11

Today's Bugs.

Today’s Bugs.