Managed a couple of walks today, but not much to show for it. This morning started off with a Great Blue Heron.
It was roosting in a conifer with its feathers all ruffled up.
This juvenile Downy Woodpecker was the only other photo from the morning. On the shore bird front I did see some Western & Semipalmated Sandpipers, Dunlin, Killdeer, Greater & Lesser Yellowlegs and Dowitchers. None, however, were in decent locations for pictures.
Being such a nice day, I headed out again for a short walk early this evening. Still looking for song birds with the late day sun, it was pretty quiet again with no takers wanting to pose for the camera.
This White-faced Hornet nest was the only photo from this evening.
This afternoons walk was to Reifel. The plan was to check for some of the more elusive and camera shy warblers again.
I started off down the east dyke trail and came across this Spotted Towhee which struck a pose for me. So I had to stop and take a photo.
On reaching the northeast corner I could see lots of Yellow-rumped Warblers moving in the trees. I set up on a trail leading down to a blind overlooking Ewan Slough, watched and listened. It was not long before I could hear a couple of Wilson’s Warblers calling on either side of the path. One of the more elusive warblers I was hoping to get. While waiting to see if they would come out in to the open,
… this flycatcher flew in instead.
A Hammond’s Flycatcher, which is a new addition to my photo list.
One of the Wilson’s Warblers did pop out briefly a couple of times.
But still not as close and clean a shot as I would like to try and get.
Also hanging the same corner were this Downy Woodpecker,
… and what I believe to be a Purple Finch. If I am wrong on this one, someone will likely let me know. There was also a Pine Siskin around, but no good photo ops.