Tuesday 7 May 2013

Back to Birding

 May 6, 2013 72nd Dog Park and Reifel Migratory Bird Sanctuary. Record Temperatures 28 c
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.

Sandhill Crane (Grus canadensis)

Tree Swallows (Tachycineta bicolor)

Norther Flicker (Colaptes auratus)

Canada Geese goslings
Follow the leader.
By noon it was just to hot and contrasty to photograph so it was back home to cut the lawn which was now starting to resemble a hayfield.

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