Bird sightings for the day included mockingbirds, redwing blackbirds, song sparrows, house sparrows, salt marsh sparrows (lifer), barn swallows, tree swallows, black capped night heron, yellow crowned night heron, snowy egret, great egret, least sandpiper, laughing gull, herring gull, greater black-backed gull, common terns, osprey, and peregrine falcons.
I highly suggest a visit, especially if you are looking for a quick walk- but be warned it is open, very little shade is available, so bring sunscreen and wear a hat. The walk is also very easy, so if you're worried about hills or length of walking, this place is nice and easy. People are also very friendly, I had great conversations about what people saw around here today or in the past. People were very helpful in pointing things out or discussing the day's happenings. For more information, check them out at their website: http://mnsa.info.
|I love the red eyes of the black capped night heron, who is stalking about for some delicious salt marsh creature.|
|Common terns circled about on the lookout for an unlucky fish.|
|Not a perfect picture, but their forked tails give them such a delicate appearance.|
|The osprey had some young (I think 2) in their platform nest. The adult say diligently over them, and you can see on curious face below.|
|I walked below the nest quickly, causing the adult to call out, but he stopped when I reached the other side. The center has a camera on the nest so you can view from above. The young birds also got banded yesterday, but I was not able to stic around. See the webcam here.|
|The song sparrows were doing as their name implied, they were very vocal.|
|I love the water reflections on this snowy egret (much smaller than the great egret, with a black bill and black legs). This egret was up to no good though...|
|...He flew in to give chase to another snowy feeding on this small area of water within the marsh. You can clearly see their inner dinosaur when they become territorial.|
|Zooming in on a not so great photo, reveals the yellow around its face that makes this my first salt marsh sparrow :)|
|A sleepy yellow-crowned night heron.|
|The study area has great service, this great egret was clearly hired as a parking attendant....|