Chickadee, Vireo + Kinglet

A little breezy and overcast, but at least it was not raining. There was also a half decent crowd when I arrived at Reifel to help out this afternoon. There was not anything out of the ordinary reported from the morning,

Dark-eyed Junco
Dark-eyed Junco

… and along the east dyke trail it was mostly regulars like this Dark-eyed Junco.

Gadwall
Gadwall

Hard to walk around Reifel without spending some time with the waterfowl. Today it was this Gadwall.

Black-capped Chickadee
Black-capped Chickadee

Along the inside grassy trail I found a pair of Black-capped Chickadee busy excavating a nesting hole in an old Birch snag. While watching them a beautiful Audubon’s Yellow-rumped Warbler was flitting about overhead, but would not come lower and cooperate for a photo.

Later in the afternoon along this same stretch I notice several Ruby-crowned Kinglet in the trees along the east dyke trail. Once I had made my way over there,

Hutton's Vireo
Hutton’s Vireo

… I was delighted that the first photos I took were of a Hutton’s Vireo.

Ruby-crowned Kinglet
Ruby-crowned Kinglet

Next up was a Ruby-crowned Kinglet I originally came over to get. Both these species are usually quite busy and can be challenging to get photos of. They are also quite similar in appearance and this was a good opportunity to see them together for comparison.

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