A Glossy Ibis was reported at Wooton, so I set out to try and find it. I was surprised to find three others also looking, as I usually have the park to myself early in the morning. Nice people, but they don’t consider the needs of photographers, and seemed to be aimlessly wandering through my shots.
I got a poor, long distance shot of this bird, which I was lucky to find at all.
Other birds and bugs were more cooperative.
White Eyed Vireos can be found in most local parks in Summer.
Blue Gray Gnatcatchers will migrate south in the next couple of months.
Brown Thrashers are starting to appear.
This Eastern Towhee sat in place for at least 10 minutes.
This Indigo Bunting is a female.
This Yellow Billed Cuckoo landed so close I couldn’t fit him in the frame.
This is a Solitary Sandpiper.
This Little Blue Heron is a juvenile. He’ll be blue as an adult.
Eastern Kingbirds don’t seem to be as numerous as last year.
These appear to be juvenile Common Yellowthroats.
The Glossy Ibis isn’t rare, but it’s unusual to find one at a place like Wooton.
A cool, clear morning seemed to offer good prospects,. and I arrived at Governor Bridge around dawn. I geared up for birds, but lingering clouds convinced me to switch to bugs after an hour or so.
Graeme showed up around 8:30, and we spent 3-4 hours bug hunting, and did well. I believe we got more different caterpillars than on any previous trip.
I don’t think I’ve seen this flower before.
Graeme spotted this little frog.
It was a little cloudy this morning, but clearing was promised, and I go to Governor Bridge around dawn. Early attempts to find bugs were slow, so I switched to birds and found a few. A bug foray later was much better.
This Green Heron is probably a juvenile.
About 8 juvenile Wood Ducks were in the cove.
It’s not easy getting a Ruby Throated Hummingbird in flight.
It was raining when I awoke, so I didn’t get out until 10:00, for a very brief trip.
The crew at Quiet Waters had defoliated my favorite bug spot, so I didn’t find very much at all. A passing crow posed briefly.
I took this lat Fall at Governor Bridge and recently had occasion to look at it again. The tail and breast are wrong for a Yellow Billed Cuckoo, which I didn’t notice in my haste. It’s a Black Billed Cuckoo, and a life bird for me.
I usually pass up crows, but this one was close, in good light.
It was the kind of gloomy morning that makes you think twice about going out. I got to Governor Bridge about sunrise and spent some time looking for bugs, to very little effect.
I also spent some time trying to capture hummingbirds inf light, but the poor light and bad luck conspired against me.
In the end, caterpillars were my best finds.
Rain drops usually enhance an image.
We’ve had a great run of good weather lately. When I got to Sands Road, it was in the 70s and stayed that way for several hours. I experimented with some extreme closeups for a while (It’s difficult) then walked about halfway around the big field looking for birds, and found a few. I looked for bugs a while longer, then went to Wooton and did the same.
It was a decent day.
This Blue Grosbeak was a little distant, but he’s worth including.
Eastern Towhees can often be seen singing fro the tops of small trees.
I’ve only seen a few Prairie Warblers this year.
This is a very small pine cone that appealed to me.
It was raining this morning, which gave me a chance to get a few chores done. There was a break in the weather around 10:00, so I went to Truxtun for an hour or so, and found a few bugs.
It looked like a promising morning, slightly cloudy and cool enough. I got to the park early, and spent a couple of hours looking for birds, with no significant luck.
Oddly the bug hunting was slow as well. I’m still kicking myself for missing a couple of nice snakes.
This beetle landed on a car in the parking lot.
I had an appointment this morning, so I didn’t get to spend much time hunting. It was just as well, as the humidity was brutal.
I went to Truxtun early, then to Ellen Moyers Park after my appointment. I didn’t find much, but there were lots of bees and wasps.
This dragonfly was perched too high to reach, but he let me move the branch into view.
The cloudy weather continued this morning, but I went to Governor Bridge to see what I might find. Bug hunting started slowly, and I switched to birds after an hour or so, and did reasonably well.
I finished up with another hour of bugging, and found some cool caterpillars.
This Common Yellowthroat popped up right in front of me.
I haven’t seen a Great Crested Flycatcher in quite a while.
Indigo Buntings can be heard in several areas.
Several Blue Gray Gnatcatchers were foraging near the big field.
This is a most peculiar Caterpillar Update: It’s a Cross-lined Wave.