I went up the upper lobe mulch path and it was quiet, quiet, quiet. I stood in front of that one spot ..... you know, with the tree...... for a while, and eventually saw a grosbeak! I was too slow for a picture though. While waiting for it to return, I saw this thrush, a maggie, and a downy that came through. Didn't see the grosbeak again though!
Over to the maintenance meadow, where I saw a thrush of some sort. As usual when I'm alone, I have no idea what kind. Maybe next year. :-) Then a dog came charging through the meadow straight at me, sort of growling. A minute or so later the owner showed up and managed to get the dog to go over to him. The thrush was of course gone. The guy was throwing squeaky toys for the dog to fetch. There was a common yellow throat and cardinals everywhere, but I needed to leave.
He was moving fast. The chest and belly looked buffy to me, the top of the head had yellow, and so did the back and wings. From what I could tell.
Also on the way were a pretty maggie, a cute black and white, and a water thrush. Then I met up with the nice woman with the eastern (?) European accent who feeds the cardinals. I like her, even though it's not always easy to communicate. She pointed out a black throated blue, I pointed out a maggie, she pointed out this ovenbird, and I pointed out a downy. Satisfied, I left her, thinking I had done pretty well and held my own.
Then she called after me, pointing out a wren! OK, she wins. :-)
There were also several grosbeak, not quite as shy as last time I was here.
There was also this flycatcher zooming around and showing off. Every time it flew off to capture a tasty morsel all the birders there would say "OOOoooooOOOOooooo" along its path. It must have thought it was in a movie with its own sound track!
The common yellow throat (I think of it as the same one) was again in the reeds, and a maggie came by for a little bit.
It's so wonderful to be able to just come to this spot and see so much!