Saturday, May 12, 2012

The day the egret flew right to us

What a day!  The weather was gorgeous, and Jack and I spent a good chunk of the day in the park.  It was pretty glorious!  Almost as soon as we got to the lake we saw a black-crowned night heron.  A bit further along we saw a Canada warbler flitting about like it had enjoyed way too much coffee.  This common yellow-throat was even watching it, looking amazed at its energy.  :-)

Common Yellow-throat
 Someone came by to explain that they were a birder too, and kept talking as I pointed out the Baltimore Oriole..........
Baltimore Oriole
 .... and pair of northern parulas that were right above us.  Not looking at the birds.  Too busy explaining how they were a birder.  It was...... unusual.
Northern Parula
 There were plenty of black-throated blues today.
Black-throated Blue Warbler (female)
 How handsome!  This one is going to be quite popular with the ladies.
Black-throated Blue Warbler
 It felt like a pair of black-and-whites were following us around all day.  Literally every time we stopped for a moment, there would be one there.
Black-and-white Warbler
 A couple of chestnut-sided warblers made very brief appearances.  They seem to regard my camera as an opponent in a sport.  They come over until I raise the camera, then the race is on!
Chestnut-sided Warbler
 This red-eyed vireo needed a bath and a drink.  I'm starting to be able to see the shape differences between a vireo and a warbler, hopefully it's not just my imagination.
Red-eyed Vireo
 A pair of Nashville warbler were quite high up, showing off their acrobatic skill.
Nashville Warbler
 This flicker disappeared into a large cavity in this dead tree shortly after I snapped this picture.  I'll have to go back and check it out, maybe they will nest there.
Northern Flicker
 Does the guy in the rowboat see the Wilson's?  So cute in his cap.
Wilson's warbler
 Another Canada, this one at normal Canada speed, not super-caffeinated like the earlier one.
Canada Warbler
 A redstart posed at several angles, making sure I got his good side.
American Redstart
 Jack found an indigo bunting!  He said he saw a sparrow in blue light making it look funny, and there it was, being gorgeous!  It was my best look yet at an indigo bunting.  Thanks Babe.  :-)
Indigo Bunting
 Jack had made some snarky comment about not seeing an egret in a tree in the park yet.  So on our way out, as we made a last loop around the upper lobe, I saw an egret flying.  It circled closer.  And closer still.  And it came right over and landed, I am not making this up, in a tree about 10 feet from Jack's head.  It was hilarious and awesome!  A great ending to a great day.
Great egret

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