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Marsh Wren

Normally by this time of year I would have a few photos of Marsh Wrens, but have not put the time in to focus on them yet. On a recent outing,

Marsh Wren
Marsh Wren

… this Marsh Wren changed that. It was singing so much and posing so nicely I could not help but spend a little time with it.

Bushtit Nest

The nice spring weather of late has been drawing large crowds on the weekends at Reifel. With spring also comes nesting season, and one of my favourites to watch if I get the chance is the Bushtit. This afternoon I, along with other visitors, were treated to a Bushtit pair starting to build their nest.

Bushtit
Bushtit

This is the male, dark eye, exiting the nest.

Bushtit
Bushtit

Here is the female, lighter eye, arriving with nesting material. The opening of the nest is to the right of her with most of what they have built so far being behind the pine cone and needles.

And just for fun, a short video of the Bushtit pair in action.

American Bittern

Well it was a beautiful day and lots of visitors at Reifel this afternoon. The highlight of the day was a couple of American Bittern seen along the south dyke. While I did not find them on my first pass along the trail, they did make appearances later on. The first one was not in great spot for photos,

American Bittern
American Bittern

… but the second Bittern was in a much better location for viewing and photographing.

American Bittern
American Bittern

To the delight of many visitors it foraged for food in this area the rest of the afternoon.