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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.

Belted Kingfisher

Just over a month ago on a rainy Sunday afternoon at Reifel I managed a photo of a Belted Kingfisher. For that I was along an inside trail shooting towards a perch they were frequenting adjacent the centre dyke trail.

Today on a sunny Sunday afternoon one was active in the same area again. This time while walking along the centre dyke trail I could hear it coming and then spotted it landing on a snag near the inside trail overlooking the pond. I moved slowly to an opening between the trees,

Belted Kingfisher
Belted Kingfisher

… and managed to get this photo of the Belted Kingfisher. A much better opportunity on a lovely day with softer colours in the background.

Greater Yellowlegs

With all the rain there were not many cars in the lot when I arrived to help out at Reifel this afternoon. It also put a little bit of a damper on birding and photography.

As wandering some of the inside trails was proving uneventful, I did check the outer fields and ponds. Nothing out of the ordinary was noted with just dowitchers and yellowlegs.

The lack of visitors likely contributed to the one highlight of the day. Being fairly quiet a few dowitchers and yellowlegs had made their way right in beside the base of the tower.

Greater Yellowlegs
Greater Yellowlegs

This Greater Yellowlegs was very active catching Stickleback. I have seen them do this before in the ponds at the sanctuary, just never this close.

Sandhill Crane
Sandhill Crane

On the way out this years surviving Sandhill Crane colt, other than being a little soggy, is doing very well.