For this afternoon’s walk I headed out to Brunswick Point. Both Swamp Sparrows and Palm Warblers had been sighted there recently. On starting out there was not much in the river or at the pilings. Arriving at the first set of benches where the Swamp Sparrow had been spotted, all was quiet. Carrying on from there I made my way to the second set of benches. There was some activity here,
… and after a few minutes a Palm Warbler popped up into the branches.
It stayed long enough for me to get a couple of shots. I also noted a second Palm Warbler while photographing this one.
My attention was then drawn to a Northern Shrike that was active further along the trail.
I managed to catch up to it and tagged along for a short while.
It was active along the marsh and the small stand of trees below the dyke prior to the farm house.
On my way back I stopped again at the second set of benches.
Luck was on my side as one of the Palm Warblers made another brief appearance for me.
The Northern Shrike also showed up again. While this bird appears to be a juvenile, there was also an adult Northern Shrike present when I reached the first set of benches.
Finally getting some photos of a Palm Warbler was definitely the highlight of today’s walk.
This afternoon I headed out to Brunswick Point to see what may be around. Not far from the beginning of the trail,
… was a pair of Bald Eagles. While watching them I also spotted a Northern Shrike, but it did not stick around for photos.
Further along was this Spotted Towhee,
… and Golden-crowned Sparrow. I also got a brief glimpse of what looked like a Hermit Thrush. On the way back a Western Meadowlark flew across the trail landing in the farm field, but was too far off for a photo.
Back at the beginning of the trail with the sun just starting to go down I paused to shoot this lone Willow tree in the farm field.