I headed up the west side drive, and wandered out onto the rock at the ladies pavilion, where I noticed a great egret across the lake, just standing there and looking beautiful. A bit too far off for decent pictures, sadly.
Up towards the upper lobe, right by the water fountain an oriole flew back and forth across the road a couple of times, and then disappeared on the other side. I went over there to just check for him, and although it was beautiful, I didn't find him again. I did manage to find a bunch of house sparrows, but that was about it.
I went up to get a Diet Coke (pollen gets in my throat I guess) and came back down the mulch path. At the top, several blackpolls were teasing me, posing for gorgeous pictures too briefly for me to get my camera on them. I did manage to get this one at last!
|Female blackpoll warbler|
And another oriole came through, singing up a storm, and let me take a picture.
This black-crowned night heron was casual, just scratching what itches.
|black-crowned night heron|
Check out my stripes! :-)
A canada blew through that most of the group saw but I totally missed (bad angle) but this female redstart made up for that by staying still long enough for a few pictures! I couldn't believe it. Thanks lovely lady!
There was also a common yellow throat skulking about, I caught glimpses now and then.
From there I walked along the water towards the oven. I just didn't want that much company, so I took off. Anyway I did see a vireo I was too slow to get a picture of, I think it was a warbling vireo, but I'm not really sure. I talked with another couple of birders about banding projects, that was interesting. And this oriole came through and sang, contributing to the conversation. :-)
The oven didn't feel right so I went out on the point and sat on the rocks near the start of the path, just being alone and looking around. There was a common yellowthroat down there, and a Canada teasing me without mercy, and a northern waterthrush. Turns out this is a pretty good spot to sit!
A bit further up a pair of blackpolls were flitting about on the ground (ish), chasing each other around.
Time to go...... This warbling vireo made me wait but did eventually pose.
The black-crowned night heron was there, and as I was leaving so did he, flying to the main part of the lake, buzzing people on the bridge. It was great!