This was a hot and muggy day for a walk. The temperature was 19 degrees Celsius early in the morning. It was 31 degrees when I finished a few hours later. I waged a bloody (mostly mine) battle with the mosquitoes.
I heard a few birds as I started walking along the path. I could not find the Cardinals. I did find an American Redstart.
Over the first boardwalk, a Turkey Vulture was circling around.
There were Marsh Wren hiding in the reeds.
A Yellow Warbler landed on a branch nearby.
A Song Sparrow
A Blue Jay up a tree.
At the second boardwalk, a pair of Mallards were on a log.
I noticed a Black-crowned Night Heron on the far side of the marsh.
There were Swamp Sparrows.
I have been hearing a Virginia Rail in the marsh many times over the years. I could never see it. Today, the call was loud. It had to be nearby. A little patience and there it it is.
Bonus! Virginia Rail chicks.
Virginia Rail chicks and mom.
lots of Red-winged Blackbirds
and lots of Tree Swallows
a few Eastern Kingbirds
a Common Tern with lunch.
a Common Grackle.
There were thousands of dragonflies of various species.
A few Painted Turtles here and there.
First one this year.
That all for today’s walk.
Est numquam etiam nuper committitur Birding.