Tuesday, September 11, 2012

AMNH Fall lunchtime walks begin

Today was the first lunchtime walk with the AMNH group!  It was a big group, with a bunch of new faces.  The weather was gorgeous, but the park was fairly quiet bird-wise.  We got off to a good start with this red-tailed hawk circling right above us!

Red-tailed Hawk
 This may or may not be an indigo bunting.  I choose to believe it is.  They are remarkably resistant to good pictures.
Possible Indigo Bunting

At the upper lobe the juvie black-crowned night heron was resting up in some branches over the water.
Juvenile Black-crowned Night Heron
 Along the path we saw a hummingbird in the jewelweed for a brief second.  While we waited to see if it came back this common yellowthroat kept us company.
Common Yellowthroat
 The hummingbird did come back!  Sadly not for long.  Bye buddy!
Ruby-throated Hummingbird
 This is not the magnolia warbler's best angle.
Magnolia Warbler
 This red-eyed vireo led us on a merry chase, but we did get to see it!
Red-eyed Vireo
 A red-breasted nuthatch was a welcome sight.  I have missed these guys!  They are so pretty.
Red-breasted Nuthatch
 We saw several Swainson's thrushes.  Someday I hope to be able to tell the thrushes apart.
Swainson's Thrush
 At the castle a real treat - broad-winged hawks migrating!  We saw 6 of them in a group, it was pretty exciting!
Broad-winged Hawks
Things are off to a good start.  Looking forward to next week!  :-)

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