Chipping Sparrow

This afternoon’s goal was to focus on song birds. While I did see Orange-crowned, Yellow and Yellow-rumped Warblers, they were sticking to the tree tops and not cooperating for photos. So it was time to change gears and get something closer to the ground.

Updated 2016-08-31

Chipping Sparrow
Chipping Sparrow

While I initially thought this was a Lincoln’s Sparrow, thanks to Liron’s comment, it is actually a young Chipping Sparrow.

Lincoln's Sparrow
Lincoln’s Sparrow

Here it appears to have caught itself a large ant.

Lincoln's Sparrow
Lincoln’s Sparrow

The Chipping Sparrow was busy scooting around foraging on the side of the trail. While constantly on the move, I did manage to keep up and get a couple of shots.

Downy Woodpecker
Downy Woodpecker

Bonus bird of the day was this Downy Woodpecker.

Hawks, Woodpecker & Robin

The weather was borderline when I headed out this afternoon, still overcast with the occasional shower. Not bad enough to keep me indoors though and I made my way to the North 40 to check on a couple of things. I had only just started my walk,

Northern Harrier
Northern Harrier

… when this adult male Northern Harrier made an appearance hunting over the fields.

One of things I wanted to check on was a pair of Cooper’s Hawks I have been following here for years. They nest in this area each year, but wherever the nest is, it has always been tucked away well inside the tree. On checking this years nest,

Cooper's Hawk
Cooper’s Hawk

… I was happy to see three fairly large juveniles inside. Once again there was no way to get a clear shot, but still fun to observe. Probably will not be long before they fledge.

Next while watching some sparrows,

Downy Woodpecker
Downy Woodpecker

… this Downy Woodpecker showed up briefly on the bramble looking for bugs.

The other thing I was wanting to check for was the Lazuli Bunting. They have showed up here in previous years, but I have yet to see one or hear any reports of them this year.

On my way back to the car,

American Robin
American Robin

… this juvenile American Robin stopped and posed briefly providing a nice end to the walk.