Saturday 21 April 2012

A New Bird

Friday April 20th 2012
My first visit to Maplewood for six months. The new bridge construction on Hwy 1 makes for a torturous drive from Cloverdale so I prefer to go where there is less congestion.
Anyway, the highlight of the day was my first sighting of a reclusive Virginia rail which was kindly pointed out to me by a fellow birder (Melody). I would have never seen it as I was so pre-occupied by the flock of Ruby-crowned kinglets that were flittering from tree to tree.
Ruby-crowned kinglet

Virginia rail

Eventually I did get a few shots of both plus a yellow-rumped (myrtle) warbler.
Male Yellow-rumped warbler (Myrtle)

Earlier I came across a flock of Red crossbill feeding on algae like seaweed. A pair of pine siskin were also feeding on the material (see the not so great picture)
Pine siskin feeding on seaweed

Red crossbills feeding on seaweed at Maplewood

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