Saturday, August 27, 2016
I spotted a juvenile Eastern Towhee on the ground and got some great digiscoped images. I just forgot to put a card in the camera. It was gone by the time I corrected my mistake.
A 1st-year female American Redstart made a brief appearance in the yard! It was a difficult ID to make, but luckily I was able to see it black-tipped undertail spots. Otherwise, I would've thought it was a juvenile Magnolia Warbler.
I decided to clear away the brush at end of the grass so I borrowed my brother's weed-trimmer. A trip to Lowe's to get string resulted in another 12 bags of mulch, and a dozen perennials to plant once I'm done. I weed-sacked mostly grass, some emerging buckthorn, and a few willow sprouts, and mulched around some dogwood, black-eyed susan, and a few queen-ann's lace that I decided to keep. I managed to get the mulch down just before a nasty thunderstorm hit mid-afternoon.
I managed a short digiscoped 4K video of one of the juvenile Ruby-throated Hummingbirds just before dark.
Thursday, August 25, 2016
Monday, August 22, 2016
Sunday, August 21, 2016
Great Egrets were spread out all over the Humphries Unit, which didn't appear to show as much exposed shoreline as last week. I did not see any Tricolored Herons that were reported last weekend.
Black Swallowtail butterflies were out in force along the Middle Causeway; as were Mourning Cloaks and Red Admirals.
Breitling Jet Team doing some maneuvers over the lake! A B-17(?) was among them.
I rode around the east side of Cell 3 and scoped a pair of Baird's Sandpipers out in the still-dry cell. Several Semipalmated and Least Sandpipers were present, as well. I would run into David Anomato and he would report a pair of Baird's, as well a a pair of Sanderlings along the Lake Erie shoreline.
Several Bobolink were calling from the vegetation along the south end of Cell 3. I would spot several Common Yellowthroat and Yellow Warblers among the trees. A single, juvenile Indigo Bunting made a brief appearance.
Meanwhile, a flock of American White Pelicans were swimming in the Humphries Unit, so I digiscoped a video from the dike.