To Westminster Woods to see Gram this afternoon. We got out to the lake before the rain came. There was a Great Egret across the lake, and this Wood Stork on the near side:
Outside before dawn this morning. Here’s “Ibis Island” at the corner of University Boulevard and San Jose Boulevard:
A nutria at Nathan Krestul Park:
White Ibis at Nathan Krestul Park:
Tricolored Heron hunting fish:
A couple of hours later, the White Ibis were still feeding at Nathan Krestul Park, but the Roseate Spoonbill never showed up. While I was waiting, I listened to Carolina Chickadees and Eastern Bluebirds singing, watched a Bald Eagle fly overhead, and watched a Belted Kingfisher hunt for fish.
Fiddler Crabs on the shore and just in the water.
Back to Nathan Krestul Park this evening. White Ibis were feeding in the marsh below the tall trees:
In the field, a juvenile Eastern Bluebird was getting a meal.
And this unflappable Northern Mockingbird allowed a fairly close approach.
Stopped by Nathan Krestul Park on the way to work and on the way back home. In the morning, I saw the Roseate Spoonbill who’d been frequenting the park this month:
In the afternoon there were a couple dozen White Ibises, including juveniles, up high in the trees over the water. They took flight when a Red-shouldered Hawk showed up:
Meanwhile, in the field, Eastern Bluebirds were singing.
White Ibis at (watchful) rest again:
This morning was relatively cool and overcast, so we sat on the deck with cat and dog, and waited for birds to reveal themselves. We heard a Red-bellied Woodpecker long before we spotted it gliding through the trees. And high up in the trees, a flash of orange caught my eye, a male American Redstart.
Then we went for a walk with dog to Nathan Krestul Park. My spouse was the one who first spotted a Belted Kingfisher, which I haven’t seen for a few months. And then we saw nine White Ibis, including two juveniles, and–a first for me at Nathan Krestul–a Roseate Spoonbill feeding by the shore.
We returned to Nathan Krestul later in the morning (with camera), but the Roseate Spoonbill and its friends were gone. I turned my attention to the field and snapped a shot of an Eastern Bluebird with a cricket.
In the afternoon we visited Gram at Westminster Woods. The first bird we saw was a Wood Stork:
From the observation deck we spotted a Green Heron:
My spouse spotted this bird on the deck right outside the back door. It flew for cover, but was dazed from an apparent window strike, and so allowed close approach.