Monday, September 19, 2011

AMNH Walk Complete With Hummingbirds!

Another wonderful AMNH walk!  We were lucky with the weather, it was quite nice out, and apparently it's going to rain the rest of the week.  It really feels like fall this week, cool and crisp and happy, great hot chocolate weather.

At the upper lobe we saw this pewee.  Full name, Eastern Wood-Pewee.  The pewee looks like it has a bump on the back of its head, not quite a crest, but not nothing.

And this flicker!  Actually several flickers, but this is the only picture I got.  And a grosbeak and a veery (actually the veery was on the other side of the street by that little bridge) but they did not want pictures.

By the jewelweed was this gorgeous little hummingbird!  It stayed perched for us for quite some time, and flew around visiting flowers making sure everyone got a good look at it.  I was so happy to see it, hummingvirds always make my day.  :-)  A redstart  came by trying to distract us, and we did take a look of course, but I was still all about the hummingbird.

Over to the streamlet, where this scarlet tanager (although it is definitely not scarlet at this time of year) distracted me.

I think I've seen it here before and mis-identified it as some sort of oriole.  Oh well, live and learn!

Then this female black-throated blue distracted me and a few others, she was just so coy.

And philosophical.

Then on our way back to join the group this male black-throated blue distracted us all!  I'm so disappointed in these pictures.  The light was not great, but we really had a good look at this bird.

It actually hung out with us for a ~while~, eventually we just left it.  And it seemed to follow us.

Another redstart, they were everywhere.  As one person put it, it's nice that they have friends and family!

This Swainson's thrush was not very cooperative at all.  Another bird we saw several of.  I'm just starting to be able to tell the thrushes apart, which is great!

At the oven, it was Grosbeak Central!  There were so many female rose-breasted grosbeak, with several out in the open, it was quite a sight!  I saw one male for sure, but he didn't want pictures.  The ladies were shameless though, no longer hiding in the background, but coming front and center.  Thanks ladies!

Also at the oven was another hummingbird.  This one flew around a lot more than the one at the upper lobe, so that was a nice treat.  They are so beautiful!

What else...... a bunch of Carolina wrens, I remember that for sure.  And a brown thrasher that kept coming over at various points and then leaving before we could get a decent look at it, let alone a picture.  It was just teasing us!  Various woodpeckers - flickers, downies, red-bellies.

It was a great walk!  :-)

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