At Westminster Woods Gram and I spotted this Red-shouldered Hawk at the beginning of our walk out to the lake. Sylvia, who was working in the Jasmine building, told us that this hawk would perch for an hour or more at a time. At the dock we met Don, who, it turns out, is now living in the same apartment that Gram used to have in the Feijoa building.
After mountain biking at Hanna Park, we took a quick look to see if there were any birds. Heaps of them out there: Turkey Vultures, Anhingas, Double-Crested Cormorants, Yellow Rumped Warblers, Blue-gray Gnatcatchers, a Great Blue Heron, a Green Heron, a White Ibis, a Brown Pelican, an Osprey. I think from now on trips to Hanna will have to incorporate both mountain biking and birding. Not much time, so only this to show:
Stopped by Nathan Krestul Park after work. Bluebirds and Yellow-rumped Warblers.
At Nathan Krestul Park shortly before sunset.
And for my sister, who prefers multiple birds in each picture:
The Eastern Phoebe who keeps showing up in my front yard:
Stopped by Nathan Krestul Park this afternoon and caught a Belted Kingfisher on the wing, along with a Red Bellied Woodpecker:
Then to see Gram at Westminster Woods. We saw a Great Egret, apparently unrattled by a racooon and two kits:
We also saw a Great Blue Heron, Hooded Mergansers, and a Wood Stork.
Shortly before I snapped this pic of a Wood Stork, a woman at Westminster Woods stopped me and described a bird she’d seen the previous week. It was large and white, she said, with a curving black beak. I asked if its head was also dark and lacking feathers. She said yes. I said it was probably a Wood Stork. I asked her if she had a bird guide at home. She did. I told her to look up the Wood Stork. Funnily enough, just a few minutes later I saw a Wood Stork fly over the lake. And even funnier, when we got back to Gram’s apartment, I looked up Wood Stork in her field guide (from 1947) and couldn’t find it! Consulted Gram’s dictionary, which told me that a Wood Stork is also known as Wood Ibis. Sure enough, Wood Ibis was in Gram’s field guide.
After a cold snap, stopped by Nathan Krestul Park at low tide. Saw a Little Blue Heron, a Tricolored Heron, a Great Egret, a Belted Kingfisher, a Palm Warbler, and two Pied-billed Grebes.
At Nathan Krestul Park, saw juvenile Pied-billed Grebes, a Belted Kingfisher, and an Osprey. At home saw Ruby-crowned Kinglet (who spends lots of time at the nut cylinder) and Yellow- rumped Warbler–in addition to the usual suspects (Northern Cardinals, Tufted Titmice, Carolina Wrens, Carolina Chicakdees, Northern Parula, Brown Thrasher, Red-bellied Woodpeckers).
Again an Eastern Phoebe in the front yard. At Westminster Woods, Gram and I spotted a Great Blue Heron, A Green Heron, and an Anhinga.
This morning as I was leaving for a bike ride there was an Eastern Phoebe in the crape myrtle in my front yard. When I got back, a female American Redstart was checking out the bubbler in my back yard.