November 1, 2015

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.

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Yellow-rumped Warblers are Back at Nathan Krestul Park

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Bald Eagle

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:

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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.