Not surprisingly the parking lot had room to spare when I arrived to volunteer at Reifel this afternoon. The wonderful weather is likely keeping people occupied elsewhere. While still fairly quiet on the birding front, there were a couple of things to keep me occupied. First up in the west field,
… was this juvenile American Coot.
Seen here interacting with an American Wigeon. I am used to seeing adult plumaged American Coot around here, seeing this juvenile was a nice change of pace. Up next along the outer dyke trail,
… were some American Goldfinch. The goal at this time of year is to get them feeding on the thistle as in the following series of shots.
Even though there were not that many visitors today,
… they all seemed to be going by this particular spot while I was photographing the American Goldfinch. Fortunately the birds kept coming back long enough to get these shots.
Also in the west field, along with the Dowitchers and Yellowlegs, were four Pectoral Sandpipers. Time to get ready for my favourite time of year, the fall shore bird migration.
With the cooler weather I spent a little time this afternoon watching and photographing some of the waterfowl on the frozen ponds. Not too many birds around on the ice, but a few opportunities did present themselves. I started off with some Mallards,
…followed by American Coot,
… and finishing off with a couple of Northern Pintails.