Quiet days at Nathan Krestul Park. On Thanksgiving Day this juvenile Little Blue Heron showed up again:
Meanwhile, an Eastern Phoebe has discovered the Crape Myrtle in our front yard. And so, we’ve come full circle to the time when I began this blog, just over a year ago.
The last two afternoons have been very quiet at Nathan Krestul Park, and for the first time in weeks I saw not a single White Ibis. Yesterday I saw exactly four birds: a Tricolored Heron, Palm Warbler (western variety), a Red-bellied Woodpecker, and a Belted Kingfisher. This afternoon I saw the Tricolored Heron again, picture here in the second blooming of string lily in recent months:
I also saw an Eastern Phoebe:
The Eastern Phoebe is such an interesting bird to watch; at times the forward movement of its flight slows down so much it appears to be almost hovering.
Other than that, it was a few Yellow-rumped Warblers and a couple of Palm Warblers (western variety). Perhaps because of the paucity of birds, this bloom jumped out at me:
Back at home, a Hermit Thrush was taking an energetic bath in the bubbler. This Hermit Thrush is behaving much the same way as the one that frequented the back yard this past spring: bathing at twilight!
At midday I spotted a Hermit Thrush skulking around the leaf litter by the oleander. My opening the back door spooked it enough to fly into the oleander, but I managed this shot:
Stopped by Nathan Krestul Park on my way home home from work, drawn today by a collection of White Ibis high in a tree. Saw the Belted Kingfisher dive, but come up empty-beaked. A Little Blue Heron and a Tricolored Heron were out again, the Tricolored Heron the more testy of the pair. The Red-winged Blackbirds were making their usual calls: rah RAAH rah!
These birds were too far away for me to identify them until I got home and downloaded my pictures–but how delighted I was to have spotted three in a single tree!
Lots of pretty bird calls and fleeting glimpses of tiny birds, including this one:
First sighting of a Hermit Thrush in my back yard this season! It was 5:35 p.m., twilight. It was bouncing around in the oleander, and alighted briefly on the bubbler.
My spouse and I had just begun our bike ride this morning when we heard and spotted an American Kestrel wheeling overhead, calling “klee-klee-klee!” With all the dragonflies around, I’d been expecting to see American Kestrels at Nathan Krestul Park, hunting on the wing, just as I did last year at this time. However, it’s pretty cool to see an American Kestrel just a few houses down from our own.
At Nathan Krestul Park today there were three juvenile White Ibises, and one Great Blue Heron, lined up on a log in the water. I spotted the Belted Kingfisher, heard a Downy Woodpecker, and caught sight of four Yellow-Rumped Warblers. Plus I saw a pair of Bald Eagles fly overhead. All in less than ten minutes.
Yellow-rumped Warblers are Back at Nathan Krestul Park
Then to Westminster Woods to see Gram. As I wheeled her around the lake, we got within ten feet of an Eastern Bluebird standing atop a green park bench. In the middle of the lake there was this collection:
Snowy Egret, Great Egret, and Little Blue Heron
Also present today were an Anhinga, a Great Blue Heron, and an Osprey. Plus a Belted Kingfisher, the first one I’ve seen at Westminster Woods! Mostly I saw it on the wing–never spotted exactly where it alighted. Gram and I both saw the splash where it dived into the water, and then took off for the far side of the lake.