Today I walked up the west side quickly, towards the tree that used to contain the two long-eared owls. Sadly, the tree only contained a bunch of robins and blue jays today. Yes, yes, they are very pretty birds. But let's be honest - long-eared owls they are not! Oh well. A couple of other birders were there looking too, we were all disappointed not to see them. Maybe they'll turn up in another tree, and I did some looking, but not seriously. I had limited time, and there was more to explore! :-)
As soon as I got over to the lake, I saw a hawk circling above. And then another! They were close together briefly, but they diverged pretty quickly. I was watching through a veil of branches, so I didn't see any interaction, really. It was definitely a pick-me-up after that empty owl tree!
Up to the upper lobe, nothing of note. Actually not a lot not of note either. Some mallards and geese on the water. Some sparrows around, a few titmice (titmouses?) etc. At the feeders, the goldfinches are looking somewhat motley. Mid-molt birds are hilarious!
Heading from there over to the oven, at that little streamlet before the oven there was a lot of activity. It was this idyllic woodland scene with lots of birds singing, splashing around, flitting about. I stood enjoying that for a while.
This hairy woodpecker posed and gave me several different views. I love the plus sign on the back of their heads!
This titmouse stayed uncharacteristically still long enough for a picture.
This house finch knew I was looking at it. It didn't stay in one place for long.
As I was leaving the area, this fox sparrow jumped up on a log and looked at me, posed for my camera for a bit, and then hopped off with a coy backward glance.
Then after a couple of minutes the one on the nest took off, the perched one stayed there until I left a few moments later. It was great to see them!
From there I headed down to the Carousel to see if the woodpecker was feeling social. I did not see the woodpecker, but I did see some squirrels flirting. And then a kestrel flew in! Here it is from the back.
And from the side.
And again. Yes, I'm quite excited, it's my first real kestrel sighting! :-)