February 28, 2016

A rare morning at home.  We took the dog for an early walk and spotted a Wood Stork at Nathan Krestul Park–the first time I’ve ever seen one there.  We also caught glimpses of a Belted Kingfisher, and heard it plenty!

Back at home, just after dawn, an adult Yellow-rumped Warbler and a 1st-winter showed up and ate the mixed nuts and sunflower chips.  Mr. and Mrs. Red-bellied Woodpecker arrived for suet and peanuts, respectively.  A Carolina Wren partook of the mixed nuts, as did a Ruby-crowned Kinglet.

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Ruby-crowned Kinglet

The Mourning Doves and squirrels scoured the deck and the grass for dropped sunflower chips. Bird by bird, the American Goldfinches began to appear.  The males are beginning to get their bright yellow feathers, which signals that their departure is not far off.  It also means the Ruby-throated Hummingbirds are on their way.

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American Goldfinch

In the afternoon, I took Gram for a spin by the lake at Westminster Woods.  On a platform atop a pole in the middle of the lake a pair of Ospreys appeared to be nesting:

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Ospreys

Also spotted this Double-crested Cormorant with its entourage:

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Double-crested Cormorant

I stopped by Nathan Krestul Park on my way back home, and saw this juvenile Wood Stork–maybe it was the same one I’d seen that morning?

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Wood Stork (juvenile)

The usuals were present:  the Little Blue Heron, the Tricolored Heron, a Belted Kingfisher, a handful of Red-winged Blackbirds, several Yellow-rumped Warblers.  Also saw a juvenile Little Blue Heron:

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Little Blue Heron (juvenile)