It was 6 a.m. and I'm in a T shirt and shorts and I've just been bitten by a mosquito. A Common Yellowthroat picks off small green caterpillars while an immature American Goldfinch sings from an Elderberry bush. By 8 a.m I had no luck finding the Lazuli Bunting and I decided to visit Reifel purely as I hadn't been there in months.
|Savannah Sparrow (Passerculus sandwichensis)|
Again things were a little slow but I did come across some nest builders. A pair of Tree Swallows looked like they were feeding young while pair of northern Flickers were hollowing out a Pileated woodpeckers drill hole. A pair of Sandhill Cranes were incubating a single egg, taking turns while the other went off to feed. See pics below.
|Sandhill Crane on the nest|
|The pair exchange incubating duties. Watching this graceful action was truly wonderful.|
|Tree Swallows (Tachycineta bicolor)|