I had a good outing yesterday here in Old Trail with 34 avian species. It was a bit warmer this morning, and there was almost no wind. I started out once again at the golf course pond, but didn't see any of the ducks that were there yesterday, no Canada Geese, and I didn't even see the Pied-billed Grebe that has been here for a couple of months. I wondered what kind of birding day it would be. I headed over to Western Park, and there were some birds there, and after 1-1/2 hours I was up to 27 avian species.
Immature female Yellow-bellied Sapsucker
American Crow - I wondered what was so special about this stick?
Northern Cardinal admiring its reflection
Male House Finch eyeing a female House Finch
Female House Finch wanting nothing to do with the male
Pine Siskins and American Goldfinch
I was really tired, and was about to end my hike, but decided to hike a bit more along Slabtown Branch Creek to see if I could get 30 avian species for this morning. That turned out to be a very good decision. Not only did I end up with 32 avian species, including 7 avian species I had not seen yesterday, I got really lucky.
While I was photographing a few Golden-crowned Kinglets, I heard a flutter near the ground, and my eye caught sight of a medium sized bird. On previous days at this spot, I had seen a Winter Wren and a Hermit Thrush. The bird was too large for the Winter Wren, so my first thought was Hermit Thrush. But it was tough to spot on the ground mixed in with the leaves.
What was it?
And then I saw the American Woodcock. This species is usually active only at very early dawn and very late dusk, and is rarely seen in good daylight. I've only seen this species four times, including this morning, and only got a poor photo one time before. This is my Old Trail species #149.
This morning's list: