As I have been doing for the past few hikes here in Old Trail, I spent most of my time along streams trying to find if any Louisiana Waterthrushes had arrived, but didn't see or hear any. I ended up with 34 avian species, and photographed a couple of interesting birds.
Yellow-rumped Warbler getting its breeding plumage
I saw a pair of Yellow-bellied Sapsuckers. One was a juvenile and the other an adult male. The adult male had a conspicuous red patch on its nape. We had this discussion a few years ago. About 3% of Yellow-bellied Sapsuckers have some red on their nape, but the red nape patch is only visible in the field on less than 1% of birds of this species.
Juvenile Yellow-bellied Sapsucker
Adult male Yellow-bellied Sapsucker
Adult male Yellow-bellied Sapsucker with visible red nape patch
The highlight of the morning for me was an extremely friendly Pine Warbler. Once every few years, I find a Pine Warbler that lets me get very close without getting spooked, and this morning was my best ever encounter with one. This Pine Warbler landed at eye level about 5 feet away from me, and for the next few minutes, flew from branch to branch between my waist and eye levels, sometimes as close as 3 feet away while I took pictures of it. At one point, I extended my index finger with my arm outstretched to see if it would perch on my finger, but I guess it didn't trust me enough to do that.
This morning's list: