That was about it for Tanner Spring. Once I got all the settings to silent on the camera, I headed up to Summit Rock. On the way and up there, it was like blue jay central! They were everywhere! It sounded like about 10 of them, so it was probably about 3. I mean, they are very loud. No good pictures.
Also on the way I saw a flicker, but he was camera shy. I don't understand why, they are so beautiful and cool, I guess they just get tired of the constant attention.
I also saw some sort of mystery thrush, and did manage to get pictures that would have been great if the lighting and the focus were both better. Having a different camera is definitely hurting me this trip, with the old camera I would have been able to get something at least semi decent of this guy.
Oh well, moving on! I started across the field towards the castle, and noticed a little lovely in this one particular tree, so I hung out for a while. There was a sunbathing dude who might have thought I was checking him out in an extremely leisurely fashion, he sort of looked at me. Dude, it's okay, I understand I'm not your type, I'm just here for the birds. He settled down once he saw me point the binocs at the tree, not at him. :-)
Everyone seemed to love this tree. Here's another guy that came through.
Also while I was hanging out and seeing who else blew through this (quite popular) tree, I saw 2 huge birds fly over, pretty low, they disappeared behind the trees quickly. I think they were water birds, my guess would be blue herons. They were darkish and struck me as a solid color. They had wings like and moved like herons. And that's all I could tell. It was cool! I looked for them everywhere, but didn't see them, so I guess they didn't go to the lake.
After a few quiet minutes I decided to move on. Mostly because I was getting quite hungry and there's a hot dog guy by the castle, so that was pretty motivating. :-) On the way a mockingbird landed on the grass near me and did some serious strutting around. Showed me under his wings a few times, just to make sure I knew that he was indeed a mockingbird. He seemed larger than I expected though. Are they bigger here than in Cayman?
I also saw a flicker at the base of a tree, sadly the pictures didn't come out. Like, at all. The new camera defeated me! Not for long, you rascal - I will even go so far as to read your manual!
After a hot dog I went up to the castle, searching the garden for hummingbirds. No joy. :-( In fact nothing at all. I mean, that's not totally true, there were plenty of robins!
Over to the upper lobe, where I really thought I saw a brief glimpse of a hummingbird. I hung out for a while and looked and looked, but didn't see it again. I think there was a redstart too, I'm not really sure. Let's face it, there probably was. I just don't remember if I saw it or not! :-)
Followed the path along the water, sitting on the rocks and watching mystery birds tease me. Finally decided to tromp past one mystery bird, you know, like a tourist, not like a birder, so the bird would ignore me. Get to where it seemed like it was heading, and then wait for it and get a good look. Well, it totally worked. I got to the stone benchlet and turned around, and almost immediately the bird flew right over to me and literally flew a circle around me to land in the tree about 6 feet away, and eye level. It was awesome! I did not get pictures though, and I have no idea what it was.
Over at the oven I though I saw a hummingbird again! But I could not find it.
I went over to check on the beehive, which is still there and looks fine to me. Not a lot going on over there. checked the tulip tree etc., I don't know, I'm just not feeling it here. Move on.
Went out on the point briefly. I don't know why, it just felt like it was going to be not good. I'm definitely not feeling this. No. Just go.
Back to the oven. Yes, yes, hummingbird, i saw it perched! It was beautiful and teeny and had the crazy long beak, and I definitely saw it! I mean, the pictures are all of a space where a hummingbird used to be, but I definitely got a decent look at it. yay!
And with that, off I go!