Let's check out the sights...
|Wood duck on wood on one leg.|
This is not at all an odd sight, wood ducks are a species of perching ducks. They perch! This male was one of 5 or so that I saw on the lake. I can't wait for little baby wood ducks later in the season.
|Still a bunch of white-throated sparrows around, some with funny molts and many singing their "Oh, Sweet Can-a-da" or "Old Sam Pea-Bod-y" -- depends on your preference.|
|I have, starting this weekend perhaps the most challenging 6 weeks of my life ahead of me-- and all I want to know is what is this squirrel on and how can I get some. I need this kind of feeling in my bones.|
|I loved running into this juvenile Cooper's Hawk. This bird was super chill and just went about it's business.|
|I love that it uses its nictitating membrane as it preens. No one wants a feather in their eye.|
|Super nice looking bird - I love raptors!|
|I am amused by their long skinny legs.|
|...the this amazing picture.|
|Hawk also jolts, because we have our eyes on each other.|
Guy blames me for spooking his dog with the sound of my camera.
...and then hawk proceeds to peace out as do it.
Since when do... agh, forget it.
|Today was the kind of day that eBird flags your phoebe count.|
I liked this one because it kept saying it name, which is why it's called a phoebe. Anyway, it was adorable and the bird was sitting still, and so this.
|One of my target birds, a Louisiana Water Thrush! With a little nibble.|
Also found one rusty blackbird, singing its rusty song, and a laughing gull.
|Someone got lucky! This osprey was circling over the ravine with its catch.|
|Again, squirrels, share your secrets with me!|
|A dapper little swamp sparrow. Happy to see a few of these birds today.|
|This and another goose flew in with a purpose. They landed and chased off two other geese and then honked in victory. It's like its nesting season or something.|
|A strong female leader, I like her!|
Then I went to Green-Wood Cemetery and there were hearts all over the ground, on the backs of every Northern flicker noggin.
|So Northern Flickers, once they make eye contact, they are gone. So I savored this moment, because it isn't often you can stare and make eyes with a flicker.|
|I was really excited for that clear Hermit Thrush shot...|
|Wow, lucky day, another "close" up of a Northern Flicker. You can even see the yellow shafts of its feathers! In the Eastern United States, our Northern Flickers are "yellow Shafted." In the west they are "red shafted."|
|Always lovely to see the American Kestrels. This is one of two that I saw- the other also a male.|
|I'm a real sign of spring. Punk.|
|A palm warbler compliments the red buds on this tree its using as a place to hunt from.|
|I did get one decent hermit thrush shot in the end- at Prospect. This one was strolling in the short grass along the lake. There were lots of these birds today, just most were super good at remaining in the dense brush.|