Once we left the pond and started walking towards the middle, we saw three crows flying over and cawing, one at a time. So.... yeah, seeing crows is cool...... but why do they seem upset? Keep going, but keep an eye on where they were flying from. There he is! Red-tailed hawk, flying low and meaning business! We searched for him where it looked like he would land, but could not find him again. Great to see a hawk again, it feels like it's been a while! I never thought I'd say it, but.......... I miss winter, or as I think of it now, hawk season.
Anyway, we checked on captain's bench and the tulip tree, which had a northern parula and a female oriole - Jack's first oriole sighting! The little tree to the right of the viewing rock had a Canada warbler, I didn't even try to get a picture.
At the bathing station we looked at the robin's nest and saw mama robin feeding her chicks. So cute!
Then we headed over to the oven. There was really nothing unusual there - except the smell! Oh, yes, it smelled actually quite a bit like that bad-smelling, good-birding pool in Cayman. If that's the general rule....... well, I guess I'll just have to learn to live with that smell!
We strolled over to the wood bridge to check on the red bellied woodpeckers, who flew in and out of their nest a few times. While we were waiting, a blackburnian came through! It was way too brief, and I ended up with one sad picture of a branch were a bird used to be, but it was great!
And in an obvious attempt to upstage the blackburnian, a common yellow-throat came through. Slowly. He lingered. He was almost begging me to photograph him. After all this time, now he wants pictures! Well two can play at that game, little buddy - no pictures for you! He left, I'm sure he would have looked dejected if he didn't have such a vivid mask.
Next was the stone benchlet. Poor Jack wanted to much to leave, but this was on the way, so.......... Anyway, the waxwings came through and we had a nice but brief look at a water thrush.
We also saw a black and white warbler, and a magnolia. But the night herons were the stars. :-)
That is, until we got to the water fountain and filled up our bottle, because there we spotted a gorgeous Wilson's! I tried and tried to get pictures, poor tired Jack was patient. And the pictures totally did not come out at all. Oh well, maybe next year........ time to really head for home!