I’ve had two productive outings in the past few days, including the one with the owl encounter. Time to share some of the bounty.
I hadn’t even gotten out of the parking lot and on to the trail at Oxbow NWR when I got this picture of a male American Redstart. This pretty warbler was just waiting for me to come by and take his portrait.
Not a warbler, but a Warbling Vireo.
This is our large and distinctive flycatcher, the Great Crested Flycatcher. He will eat well in the swampy parts of Oxbow.
These are not migrants. But they are new arrivals…Canada Goose goslings.
Solitary Sandpipers probably got their name because they hang out where no other sandpipers seem to go. This one was foraging along a wet hiking trail through the swamp.
Sparrows are tough to identify sometimes. They are “little brown birds” until you learn the various characteristics. This is an easy one: White-throated Sparrow.
I rarely see a Double-crested Cormorant displaying his trademark crests. These are our summer cormorants.
Mute Swans look grand but they are an invasive species and unfortunately do some damage to local ecology.
Mallards are notorious for crossbreeding with other duck species. The best guess for this hybrid is a Mallard father and a barnyard duck mother.
This is a species of thrush called a Veery. He just returned from wintering in South America. Bienvenido de nuevo.
I’ll end with a Baltimore Oriole pausing to call while searching for breakfast.
Now to go through a lot of photos from this morning’s outing.