Thursday, July 13, 2017
Tuesday, July 11, 2017
Behind the Nature Center I spotted a juvenile Solitary Sandpiper foraging among the lily pads.
Sunday, July 9, 2017
Late this afternoon a quick storm moved through the area. Heavy rain lasted for only a few minutes, but managed to soak everything.
We've had a pair of Eastern Towhees singing out back of Brownton Abbey for the past few months. Calls of "Drink-your Tiiiii" and "Zreee" have been heard daily since early May, but its only been a few days that I've started seeing them. First the female, and finally the male. They tend to show near the end of the day.
Monday, July 3, 2017
After last night's downpours the day was supposed to be nice. It was. I arrived at Oak Openings Metropark shortly after 7 am and enjoyed a nice morning watching Lark Sparrows, Eastern Bluebirds, Eastern Towhees, Field Sparrows, Red-headed Woodpeckers, and Chipping Sparrows.
Good start! A brightly-colored male Scarlet Tanager was a nice find as I drove slowly along Girdham Rd. toward the Metropark. It was far back in the field and I felt uncomfortable driving on the two-track where it was perched. So, as I back up another pair of Scarlet Tanagers appeared just outside the car window to my left. But, wouldn't you know it - the camera jammed. Dead batteries. Switched batteries, and still had a frozen shutter. Not a good start. But, the Girdham Rd. corridor was a gem of a habitat, and I could see why its so popular among birders.
Other highlight birds seen or heard included Wood Thrush, Brown Thrasher, Red-tailed Hawk, Summer Tanager, Red-eyed and Warbling Vireos, and Indigo Buntings.