What a beautiful day! I decided to go for a quick walk around the pond before getting ready for work. I plan to spend all of tomorrow outside, but it's been so dismal, I was just itching to get some time in the park, even if just a quick lap around the pond. I was really hoping to see the wood duck, this time with binocs and camera!
Went down the 6th Ave entrance, went back over to the waterfall, where I saw (and heard) a couple of cardinals. They didn't stay still long. At the waterfall and thereabouts were the normal birds - robins, starlings, grackles, sparrows, catbirds. They were having a grand old time!
Went back by the wall and around, and quite quickly found this double crested cormorant. He was alternately preening and showing off his throat warbling skills for me.
I met another birder, who pointed out the cormorant and told me there was an egret up ahead. Yay! I told her about the kingbird, she didn't know what that was. Is it possible them I am entering intermediate territory? Seeing another birder with less experience than me? Oh, no, I want to hold onto beginner status a little while longer...... I get at least one full year, right? I was actually hoping for two but I might have to give it up before then.
Do kingbirds have white bars on the underside of their wings? I thought I saw a pair of mockingbirds fly off when I was on the bridge, but I only saw them flying, and after that I didn't see the kingbird any more, so I'm sort of suspicious. Well I saw a pair of somethings fly off, the looked grey with white bars on the underside of the wings, and they were flapping really a lot. I didn't see any breaks in flapping as they went, it was all flapping all the time. It actually looked a bit spastic and desperate.
It was a lovely walk, I'm glad I got out there for a little while.