Tuesday, April 3, 2012

We saw a bat!

What a gorgeous day!  As soon as we entered the park a couple of red-bellied woodpeckers were flying around, this one showed us its red belly.  It seem like just a tiny bit of a stretch to me.......
Red-bellied Woodpecker
By the bridge over the upper lobe we saw this Eastern phoebe, it flew around for us for a bit.  The camera did not want to focus on the bird.  Frustrating!
Eastern Phoebe
There were white-throated sparrows everywhere, with lots of singing and calling!  Some of them looked a bit scruffy, but this one was gorgeous.
White-throated Sparrow
It was a day filled with sapsuckers.  They were everywhere!
Yellow-bellied Sapsucker
A ruby-crowned kinglet, my first one this spring.  My eyes are not used to tiny flitting birds yet.
Ruby-crowned Kinglet
We saw several brown creepers, this one was right next to us, eye level, just gorgeous!
Brown Creeper
This hermit thrush led me on a merry chase, and when Paul brought the group around to see it, it just flew back the way we had just come!  Hahahahahaha, well played, hermit thrush.  :-)
Hermit Thrush
Over to the feeders, where there was quite a bit of activity.  I enjoyed seeing this red-bellied woodpecker and the red-winged blackbird settle out who has priority and when to take turns.
Red-bellied Woodpecker and Red-winged Blackbird
My favorite thing of the day - there was a bat flying around at the feeders!!!!!
Yes, yes, the pictures are terrible.  But it was a bat!  Flying around!  They are ~not~ easy to take pictures of.  What a treat!  :-)
Okay, back to normal bird walks.  We also saw several downy woodpeckers.  It was actually a lot of woodpeckers today!
Downy Woodpecker
Did I mention that we saw plenty of woodpeckers?  THis red-bellied woodpecker was quite busy, it looks like it might be hollowing out a nest cavity.  I hope so!  :-)
Red-bellied Woodpecker

1 comment:

  1. Thanks, Jeanette--great pictures! What kind of camera are you using? Joan