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.
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:
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.