It was the kind of day when staying home might have been the better option. I had hopes that the gray, cloudy skies might clear up, but it was not to be.
I quit early, but found a few decent birds and an interesting moth, in lousy light.
Indigo Buntings are easy to find.
I was surprised to find this Scarlet Tanager hanging out with a flock of Cedar Waxwings.
With better light, this Giant Moth might have made a good picture. My experts tell me it’s a Hummingbird Clearwing (hemaris thysbe).
Yes, back to Governor Bridge again. It’s quite close to home and has a great variety of habitat and birds. I’m highlighting the Orchard Oriole because it’s the best image of the lot, but some of the other shots were pleasing as well.
The Baltimore Oriole nest is located on an island in the large lake.
I seem to be finding an Eastern Phoebe on most visits.
I’m getting some better Ruby Throated Hummingbird images now.
I’m getting these Western Tiger Swallowtails while waiting for the hummingbirds.
This Prothonotary Warbler flew into the scene while I was looking for the Baltimore Oriole.
I’ve seen many Orchard Orioles, but this male provided my best images yet.
Indigo Buntings are still present in large numbers.
Red Eyed Vireos have been very cooperative lately.
First year Robins are plentiful.
I ran into Dan Potter and his mega-camera shortly after I arrived. There were many birders present today.
Another late start. Gabrielle, my 17 year old Tabby, has been under the weather, so we took her to the vet for a check up. Nothing remarkable, just slowing down.
It was getting hot, and the humidity was noticeable by the time I got started. Even though I found a few nice birds, they weren’t terrible cooperative, but I’m showing what I got.
Sometimes it’s hard to find an Indigo Bunting who’s not singing.
The light was great, but this Brown Thrasher stayed partially hidden.
This Eastern Phoebe flew into a bush right in front of me.
I’m not sure I’ve seen this Dragonfly before.
I would like to have gotten a better image of this large, colorful Wasp.
In general, Yellow Breasted Chats are pretty secretive.
This female Red Bellied Woodpecker was foraging high in a dead tree.
I got a late start this morning, for no good reason at all, but I still managed to snap the first picture by 7:20.
I spent some more time trying for the hummingbird, with modest success, but the real highlight was a Scarlet Tanager, a bird that has eluded me for over a year.
It appeared that the male was feeding a young bird.
This pair of Indigo Buntings was foraging in the same tree as the Tanagers.
I’m getting a little better at capturing these Ruby Throated Hummingbirds in flight, but it’s difficult.
Even at rest it’s not easy to get these birds right.
The Common Yellowthroat likes the mimosa tree as much as the hummingbird does.
I had a busy morning, with a doctor’s appointment and a computer repair, so I only had a short while to get out.
I arrived around 8:0 and was greeted by the sounds of the numerous Yellow Breasted Chats nesting in the area.
A couple of other birds showed up to make my abbreviated stay worthwhile.
Notice the distended throat on the Yellow Breasted Chat above. I assume it has something to do with their raucous call.
This Bumblebee is a different color than the ones I usually see.
This Osprey is taking dinner home.
The Great Crested Flycatcher is a favorite of mine.
Many Blue Grosbeaks are nesting at Greenbury Point.
Governor Bridge is about 20 minutes from my house, so I’ve been spending more time there than at most places.The hummingbird is a big attraction because I know where to find him, and it’s got a good variety of birds and habitat.
I saw this Eastern Phoebe as I was leaving the park.
Some day I’ll get this Ruby Throated Hummingbird perfectly.
This is a bird Blog, but these Western Tiger Swallowtails are close enough.
You hear a lot of Red Eyed Vireos, but they don’t always pose this well.
This is the first Eastern Towhee I’ve photographed at Governor Bridge.
I went out yesterday, but the rain came early and I didn’t get much. Today, was better, clear skies and a bit warmer. My obsession to get a great Hummingbird image continues. All I need is perfect light and a a whole lot of luck.
Fortunately, some other birds came along to brighten up the day.
Too many Ruby Throated Hummingbirds? My Blog, my rules. 🙂
Governor Bridge is well populated with Indigo Buntings.
This Blue Gray Gnatcatcher came along while I was waiting for the hummingbird.
This Common Yellowthroat also appeared, and I neglected to change the shutter speed, hence the grainy appearance.
Waiting for a bird to appear? There’s always a Dragonfly nearby.
This Great Crested Flycatcher also appeared during the hummingbird vigil.
I believe this is the first Eastern Phoebe I’ve photographed this year.
There’s no shortage of Bumblebees, either.
This female Red Bellied Woodpecker is from yesterday.
A pair of Cardinals are always foraging near the small ponds.
This White Eyed Vireo was also near the small ponds.
Another perfect day! I had arranged to meet my friend Graeme at 7:00, and I got there about 6:30 for a quick look around. We roamed the canoe area for awhile, then circled the lake, which continues to disappoint.
We found a Bed Belly feeding on berried, then took one more look around the canoe launch before calling it a day around 10:00.
We found this Acadian Flycatcher deep in the woods, so I left him dark to show the environment.
I’ve seen this before, but it still seems unusual to see a Red Bellied Woodpecker feeding on berries.
Indigo Buntings are thriving at Governor Bridge.
This Cardinal and his mate were feeding rapidly.
Like many young birds, this juvenile Robin wasn’t at all afraid of us.
This Prothonotary Warbler was a nice find.
This Ruby Throated Hummingbird is still hanging out at the same spot.
This Dragonfly was eating a small Beetle.
This White Eyed Vireo was reluctant to come into the open.
This Chickadee paused in his feeding long enough to pose.
This female Orchard Oriole was the first bird I saw this morning.
This is the first Brown Thrasher I’ve seen at Governor Bridge.
I stayed up late last night (Online pool, my guilty secret), so I got a late start and didn’t take my first picture until 9:00.
I met some birders who said they’d done well near the big lake, which has never been productive for me, and today was no different. Then, I wandered down by the canoe launch and found a Hummingbird out in the swamp. I got seriously wet, but it was worth it.
I was photographing this Ruby Throated Hummingbird when he left his perch and flew to a nearby bush. Lucky me.
This Western Tiger Swallowtail was in the same bush.
When birds are in short supply,a dragonfly will do.
This Red Eyed Vireo appears to be gathering spider silk for his nest.
At dawn it looked like a clear, bright sky was in store, so I left the house around 6:00 to go back to Wooton, which is relatively close and has been very productive.
A Green Heron popped up right away, and the pics are reasonable even though he was backlit. A few others posed briefly, and it was a decent day with cool temps.
You can hear the song of the White Eyed Vireo everywhere at Wooton.
A Ruby Throated Hummingbird is about 4″ long, and this is what you see without magnification.
I’m calling this a Silver-bordered Fritillary.
It’s not hard to find these loudly singing Catbirds.
It’s a lot of fun to watch these little gymnasts.
This Cedar Waxwing may be repairing his nest.
This Common Yellowthroat was in the Hummingbird’s tree.
I haven’t gotten this close to many Green Herons this year.
This Great Blue Heron seemed to be resting.
There are many of these Orchids around the ponds.Thanks to Mark for naming this as Trumpet Creeper/Vine.
I didn’t recognize this Yellow Billed Cuckoo at first.