Monthly Archives: March 2016

March 11, 2016

Stopped by Nathan Krestul Park on my way home from work.  For the first time in weeks, I saw White Ibis there:


White Ibis (juvenile)

Also saw this Anhinga drying out:



And two Ospreys flew overhead, one of which alighted in the park:



Other usuals were there:  the Little Blue Heron (but not the Tricolored Heron), assorted Yellow-rumped Warblers, Palm Warblers, and Red-winged Blackbirds.  Saw a lone female Hooded Merganser, as well.

March 9, 2016

Took Gram for a short spin by the lake at Westminster woods–it was too windy for her.  Looks like the Osprey is still nesting.  Two views:





An Anhinga and its entourage:



March 8, 2016

Stopped by Nathan Krestul Park on my way home from work.  At first all I saw (and heard) were Red-Winged Blackbirds, Eastern Bluebirds, and Yellow-rumped Warblers.  Then I spotted the resident Little Blue Heron:


Little Blue Heron

And then the resident Tricolored Heron flew in from parts unknown:


Tricolored Heron

I also saw several Wood Ducks fly off into the swamp, as well as a couple of Mourning Doves.  And I’m pretty sure I saw a pair of American Kestrels, flying fast out of the park.

At home it has been quiet, but clearly the American Goldfinches have been here during the day to chow down on sunflower chips again.   A Yellow-rumped Warbler has nibbled at the mixed nuts.  Now there’s a lone American Goldfinch on one feeder, enjoying quiet feeding all to herself.

March 7, 2016

Stopped by Nathan Krestul Park on my way home from work.  Saw the resident Little Blue Heron, enjoying a crab snack:

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And saw the resident Tricolored Heron, who was hunting by making sudden charges in the water, like this one:


And back at home–or near home–there was a Northern Mockingbird in my next-door neighbor’s loquat tree.


Northern Mockingbird with Loquat

March 6, 2016

At home there were a dozen or more American Goldfinches, still munching on sunflower chips.  The Mourning Doves flock to the ground below whenever the goldfinches feed.  And a very scruffy Baltimore Oriole showed up for peanuts and a drink:


Baltimore Oriole

At Westminster Woods with Gram we saw one of the Ospreys still nest building.


These Eastern Bluebirds were at the very top of these tall trees:


March 5, 2016

A couple of Pileated Woodpeckers are apparently nesting in the woods behind our house.  I saw one this afternoon, and heard them both drilling and calling.  We still have about a dozen American Goldfinches eating sunflower chips from the feeders.  A Ruby-crowned Kinglet still shows up for mixed nuts, and the female Baltimore Oriole still takes plucks peanuts from the peanut feeder.  And two Brown Thrashers showed up for dropped seeds beneath the feeders.  Here’s one:


March 4, 2016

Stopped by Nathan Krestul Park on my way home from work.  From the parking lot I saw a smallish bird–think Red-winged Blackbird in size, but not shape–sitting at the top of a tree back in the swamp.   Turns out it was an American Kestrel.

The resident Tricolored Heron and Little Blue Heron were both out and about.  There were about a dozen Red-winged Blackbirds, and a dozen more Yellow-rumped Warblers and Palm Warblers each.  An Eastern Phoebe kept popping up in different parts of the park–or was there more than one?    A pair of Mourning Doves sat close to each other in a tree.


Palm Warbler



Yellow-rumped Warbler

Late this afternoon I watched a Hermit Thrush take a long bath in the bubbler.  Then I spotted a second Hermit Thrush in the woods behind the bubbler.  The second one eventually flew toward the bath, and then both of them flew off.  A Black-and-white Warbler also appeared, but was scared off from bathing by the Hermit Thrush.


Hermit Thrush in Bubbler


Hermit Thrush Hopping to the Edge of the Bubbler

March 2, 2016

Stopped by Nathan Krestul Park about a half hour before sunset.  Heard a piercing call, which I finally traced to a Killdeer–the first I’ve ever seen at Nathan Krestul Park.  Here, in the late afternoon light, is the resident Tricolored Heron:


Tricolored Heron


March 1, 2016

When I got home this afternoon, the main tube feeder of sunflower chips was empty.  A lone American Goldfinch sat at the edge of a different feeder, seemingly sated and sleepy.


American Goldfinch