Sandhill Crane

A half decent day at Reifel this afternoon and I was surprised to hear the White-throated Sparrow was still around just beyond the entrance. While looking for it,

Rufous Hummingbird
Rufous Hummingbird

… this Rufous Hummingbird was frequenting a nearby tree top.

White-throated Sparrow
White-throated Sparrow

The White-throated Sparrow eventually popped out providing a brief photo opportunity.

The news of the day though was in regards to the Sandhill Cranes. After the passing last winter of the long time breeding male, the female has taken a new mate.

Sandhill Crane
Sandhill Crane

The new Sandhill Crane pair are using the same nesting site and the first egg appeared yesterday. This should put new arrivals sometime around Mother’s Day.

Bushtit + Hummingbird

Not a whole lot going on this afternoon at Reifel.

Bushtit
Bushtit

Thankfully the Bushtits were still active at the nest along the east dyke trail and provided some entertainment for myself and visitors.

At the end of the day a male Rufous Hummingbird was busy coming and going from one of the feeders.

Rufous Hummingbird
Rufous Hummingbird

While I usually try to get them in natural settings, this guy was presenting well and I could not resist.

Sharp-shinned Hawk

Well it was a little gloomy and wet today, but at least it was just a light rain for the most part. I started off my afternoon at Reifel by checking for the White-throated Sparrow as it had not been seen by the morning walk. I managed to locate it across from where it had been the last several weeks scurrying around under the bramble. While waiting to see if it would pop out for a photo, everything suddenly scattered deeper into the bushes as a Sharp-shinned hawk buzzed by behind me. Initially landing briefly in a tree a ways off, 

Sharp-shinned Hawk
Sharp-shinned Hawk

… it did make its way back roosting in the Cork Oak for a short time. While the sparrows had disappeared, it was a good start to the day to have a few minutes this close with a Sharp-shinned Hawk.

While walking several of the other trails was not producing much activity or photo opportunities, along one of the inside trails

Pied-billed Grebe
Pied-billed Grebe

… the Pied-billed Grebe was still providing some good looks.

The last highlight of the day was just off the east dyke trail.

Bushtit
Bushtit

A pair of Bushtits were busy building a nest.

Perhaps a sign that spring is finally on the way.