I went on the BPQ walk today. There were about 27 birders. It was sunny and warm. We decided to do the north side, then cut across and back to the center. A beautiful day for a walk.
There were Gray Catbirds
and Yellow Warblers to greet us.
At the first lookout there were a pair of Downy Woodpeckers. The male was making a nest and the female was watching.
Common Grackle and Red-winged Blackbirds were everywhere.
Ring-billed Gull standing on a rock.
We spotted / heard various warblers. I managed to get a shot of a Yellow-rumped warbler male.
I found a Warbling Vireo with nesting material.
Song Sparrow singing
I got this shot of a Yellow-bellied Sapsucker from about 2 meters. It landed on tree near me. Then it flew on to a tree next to me.
There were Hairy Woodpeckers too.
A pair of Rose-breasted Grosbeaks
A group of photographers were shooting birds in a clearing. I was curious and went over to check them out. A colourful male Baltimore Oriole landed behind them. They collectively turned around and started to click away. I took a few shots and left to rejoin my fellow birders. This was my experimentation with the dark side. Photographers taking pictures of birds.
I founded my fellow birders excitedly standing around waiting for the female American Redstart to return to her nest.
We found a female Baltimore Oriole struggling to get nesting material.
I spotted this immature Tree Swallow gathering nest material.
There were quite a few White-tailed Deer and Squirrels around.
The Black-capped Chickadees were everywhere and very friendly. One landed on my finger as I pointing. Unfortunately, it was my trigger finger and I couldn’t get a photo.
I spotted a big black bird near the brush and I thought a Raven. I whipped out my binoculars and got a closer look. Better than a Raven, it was a Pileated Woodpecker. Upon further examination, there was no red mustache. A female. She flew to a log ahead of us and then to a tree. She found lunch.
We spotted a mink darting around. There was not enough light in the underbrush. My settings were for birds on a branch, not a Mink running around.
My first Eastern Kingbird this year.
A Great Blue Heron and Great Egret flew over the marsh.
A Pied-billed Grebe was diving in the marsh.
A Dragonfly landed on a reed next to me.
A Canada Goose sat on the grass next to the trail.
A few Painted Turtles basking in the sun.
I notice this Garter Snake next to the trail.
Here is a female Brown-headed Cowbird looking for a nest to lay her egg.
That all for today’s walk.
Est numquam etiam nuper committitur Birding.