Heron, Woodpecker & Hornets

Managed a couple of walks today, but not much to show for it. This morning started off with a Great Blue Heron.

Great Blue Heron
Great Blue Heron

It was roosting in a conifer with its feathers all ruffled up.

Downy Woodpecker
Downy Woodpecker

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.

White-faced Hornet Nest
White-faced Hornet Nest

This White-faced Hornet nest was the only photo from this evening.

Another Flycatcher for the List

This afternoons walk was to Reifel. The plan was to check for some of the more elusive and camera shy warblers again.

Spotted Towhee
Spotted Towhee

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,

Hammond's Flycatcher
Hammond's Flycatcher

… this flycatcher flew in instead.

Hammond's Flycatcher
Hammond's Flycatcher

A Hammond’s Flycatcher, which is a new addition to my photo list.

Wilson's Warbler
Wilson's Warbler

One of the Wilson’s Warblers did pop out briefly a couple of times.

Wilson's Warbler
Wilson's Warbler

But still not as close and clean a shot as I would like to try and get.

Downy Woodpecker
Downy Woodpecker

Also hanging the same corner were this Downy Woodpecker,

Purple Finch
Purple Finch

… 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.

Heron, Nuthatch, Junco, Golden-crowned & Downy

Over the last couple of weeks I have managed a few outings to Reifel.

Great Blue Heron
Great Blue Heron

Nothing much out of the ordinary around,

Red-breasted Nuthatch
Red-breasted Nuthatch

… but that does not mean there is nothing around.

Dark-eyed Junco
Dark-eyed Junco

First the Junco,

Golden-crowned Sparrow
Golden-crowned Sparrow

… and then the Golden-crowned posing on the same branch for me.

Downy Woodpecker
Downy Woodpecker

This Downy Woodpecker posed briefly,

Downy Woodpecker
Downy Woodpecker

… and then went back to work looking for a snack.