First back-yard sighting of a Ruby-throated Hummingbird! I just put the hummmingbird feeder up yesterday. A Yellow-rumped Warbler and a Ruby-crowned Kinglet are still coming to the mixed-nut feeder. It’s raining right now, and the Kinglet’s ruby crown is gleaming.
Outside with Gram at Westminster Woods:
To Westminster Woods, where Gram and I spotted this Snowy Egret:
To Westminster Woods, where Gram and I spotted this Eastern Phoebe:
To Westminster Woods to see Gram and attempt to dry out a hearing aid that took a dip in the toilet. Gram was fast asleep in her chair, so I took a quick look outdoors to see the bird life.
A few images from our recent trip to Colombia at the end of January:
Colorful birds have been in our back yard all day: Red-bellied Woodpecker, Yellow-rumped Warbler, Yellow-throated Warbler, Eastern Bluebirds . . . and this Orange-crowned Warbler:
To Westminster Woods to see Gram. Five Wood Storks were sitting by the edge of the lake just outside Gram’s building.
Meanwhile, on the far side of the lake, several Ring-billed Gulls were in a frenzy, jostling in the air and at the lake’s surface to pluck something out of the water. Passers-by told us that there was a fish die-off during the cold snap this past weekend. Here’s an Anhinga about to enter the water:
To Westminster Woods to see Gram. Lots of bird life at the lake: Canada Geese, Mallards, Hooded Mergansers, Wood Ducks, Double-crested Cormorants, Great Egrets, and–in the singleton category–a Muscovy Duck (first time I’ve ever seen one out there), a Wood Stork, and a Great Blue Heron (hides in the brush at the southeast end of the lake).