Summer has been a Hot Slog filled with Thunderstorms. Today I got to go back to the park, and witness the beginning of fall migration. It was great! Well, it was horribly crowded and it was painful to get to the ramble. But besides that, it was great! The weather was cool (explaining the crowds) but cloudy, and there were birds around. Not many, but I had some nice sightings.
First, at the pond we were greeted by this black-crowned night heron.
|Black-crowned Night Heron|
And there was a northern waterthrush on the mudflat, zooming around like crazy.
To the ramble! I fought the crowds on the way up there, and started out at the point. Ah, nature! Even in the ramble there were more people than usual, but nothing like the boathouse and fountain. Anyway, at the point I had a brief look at a blue-winged warbler, who disappeared before I could get a picture. But this chestnut-sided comforted me! I mean, not for long, he was outta there quite quickly. And my auto-focus was taking forever, so the picture is really sad. Sigh.
|A Turtle's Cautionary Tale|
|Leaves hiding Baltimore Oriole|