Colorful birds have been in our back yard all day: Red-bellied Woodpecker, Yellow-rumped Warbler, Yellow-throated Warbler, Eastern Bluebirds . . . and this Orange-crowned Warbler:
To Westminster Woods to see Gram. Five Wood Storks were sitting by the edge of the lake just outside Gram’s building.
Meanwhile, on the far side of the lake, several Ring-billed Gulls were in a frenzy, jostling in the air and at the lake’s surface to pluck something out of the water. Passers-by told us that there was a fish die-off during the cold snap this past weekend. Here’s an Anhinga about to enter the water:
To Westminster Woods to see Gram. Lots of bird life at the lake: Canada Geese, Mallards, Hooded Mergansers, Wood Ducks, Double-crested Cormorants, Great Egrets, and–in the singleton category–a Muscovy Duck (first time I’ve ever seen one out there), a Wood Stork, and a Great Blue Heron (hides in the brush at the southeast end of the lake).
Robins are everywhere in our neighborhood now. Here’s a Pileated Woodpecker in the woods behind our house:
To Westminster Woods today to see Gram. It was too cool and windy for Gram to go outside, but I went out by the lake.
What the male Mallards were vying for:
This afternoon a large mixed flock of Eastern Bluebirds, Yellow-rumped Warblers, House Finches, and Pine Warblers moved through our neighborhood.
In the meantime, this Eastern Phoebe was patrolling the ground near my neighbor’s grapefruit tree and East Palatka Holly:
And in the woods behind our house I caught sight of Ruby-crowned Kinglet: