Belted Kingfisher

At least the rain let up when I arrived to help out at Reifel this afternoon. The poor weather of late no doubt was a factor in the low number of visitors today. It was just as quiet on the birding front as well. There was one Northern Saw-whet Owl tucked away along the east dyke trail. At the northeast corner,

Spotted Towhee
Spotted Towhee

… I managed this shot of one of the regulars, a Spotted Towhee. At the end of the day I could hear a Kingfisher from the area of the gift shop pond. While they show up regularly here, they can be challenging to get a decent photo of. As luck would have it,

Belted Kingfisher
Belted Kingfisher

… the Belted Kingfisher was actively fishing the pond when I arrived and I actually managed to get fairly close. Despite the fact it was getting dark, I managed a few shots.

Kingfisher & Lincoln’s

Last night at Reifel it was the 25th annual Corn & Pig Roast.

Corn & Pig Roast
Corn & Pig Roast

It was a beautiful evening for it and a good time was had by all. Then it was back there again this afternoon to help out on the trails. There was a good variety of warblers around. Black-throated Grey, Orange-crowned, Townsend’s, Yellow and Yellow-rumped to name a few. Some I managed to see, but no photos of any of them.

Belted Kingfisher
Belted Kingfisher

There were a couple of Belted Kingfisher working the ponds. Also spotted in the outer ponds today was a Stilt Sandpiper. I did not manage to locate or see it. I believe this is the first sighting for Stilt for this summer/fall migration. Then it was back to the inside trails to check for warblers again. While they were still not cooperating,

Lincoln's Sparrow
Lincoln’s Sparrow

… this Lincoln’s Sparrow finally did. I had been watching it for a while,

Lincoln's Sparrow
Lincoln’s Sparrow

… but it had been sticking to the ground and mostly out of sight. Eventually it did pop up into the bramble for these shots. Lincoln’s Sparrow have been showing up over the last week in the bay area.