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Dunlin + Harris’s Sparrow

With another Sharp-tailed Sandpiper being spotted at Reifel a couple of days ago, that was today’s destination. A break in the weather made for a nice afternoon walk. There was no sign of it on checking the southwest field where it had been sighted. From there I checked the west field, also with negative results.

Dunlin
Dunlin

The west field did, however, have lots of Dunlin and dowitchers.

Dunlin
Dunlin

I focussed in on this one Dunlin,

Dunlin
Dunlin

… while it rested and then preened itself.

Dunlin
Dunlin

While not what I was initially after, the Dunlin did provide some good photo opportunities.

A Northern Goshawk was apparently seen this morning, but I did not see it in my travels this afternoon.

Harris's Sparrow
Harris’s Sparrow

The Harris’s Sparrow was still present today in the same area along the north dyke trial. A great afternoon to be out and about before the expected rain tomorrow.

Harris’s Sparrow

It was sort of a mixed bag weather wise this afternoon while helping out at Reifel. Overcast, some rain and the occasional bright spot. In spite of this there was still a half decent number of visitors. Target bird today was a Harris’s Sparrow that was observed yesterday.

I made my way out the east dyke trail to the northeast corner where it had been spotted. This actually allows a good view along both the east and north dyke trails. Spent a little time chatting with some other birders looking for the bird, but there was just the regulars at the corner. Not long after they left I noted lots of activity along the north dyke trail closer to the tower. As I got a little closer I spotted the Harris’s Sparrow on the ground. It, along with the other birds, got flushed back into the bushes when people passed by. I stopped and set up once I got to the general area. There was a lull in people along the trail,

Harris's Sparrow
Harris’s Sparrow

… and the Harris’s Sparrow eventually made an appearance again. One just has to be patient and wait for those quiet moments along the trail,

Harris's Sparrow
Harris’s Sparrow

… as the birds will reappear. The Harris’s Sparrow was very cooperative and provided good viewing and photo opportunities. Definitely the bright spot on a mostly dreary afternoon.

Palm Warbler + Shrike

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,

Palm Warbler
Palm Warbler

… and after a few minutes a Palm Warbler popped up into the branches.

Palm Warbler
Palm Warbler

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.

Northern Shrike
Northern Shrike

I managed to catch up to it and tagged along for a short while.

Northern Shrike
Northern Shrike

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.

Palm Warbler
Palm Warbler

Luck was on my side as one of the Palm Warblers made another brief appearance for me.

Northern Shrike
Northern Shrike

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.