At Reifel today, on this Thanksgiving long weekend, there was a half decent crowd. It was overcast with light showers persisting most of the afternoon. It was fairly quiet on the birding front,
… so I was starting to watch some of the fall regulars such as this Dark-eyed Junco. Then to make things a little more interesting,
… I spotted this White-throated Sparrow. That was the excitement for the sanctuary, but things picked up again on the way home. I got flagged over on Westham Island by Brian, a fellow volunteer. In with the Snow Goose flock were some dark morph birds.
One that stood out was this Snow Goose with some of the marking of a dark morph.
There were a couple of juveniles,
… along with this adult dark morph Snow Goose. It was an interesting variety of Blue Goose to end the day with.
First stop this afternoon was at Reifel. While there were some Cinnamon and Blue-winged Teal around, neither were in decent spots for photos when I saw them. While watching the swallows at the northwest corner I noticed a lone Cliff Swallow, but it was too far off for a photo. They are not one of the regulars here,
… unlike the Tree Swallows which are everywhere. Also present in the outer ponds today were over 100 Dowitchers.
With the longer days now it was too early to head home after leaving Reifel, so I decided to check the North 40 again. While driving along Westham Island Road I noticed a blackbird I had not photographed in some time.
The Brewer’s Blackbird is regularly seen around the farm fields in this area.
It was quieter on the warbler front than on my past visits at the North 40 today. While scanning the trees a flash of colour did get my attention,
… a Black-headed Grosbeak. The first I have seen this year, unfortunately it was not going to cooperate by coming down lower or any closer.
And because they are usually around and will sit nice for you once in a while.