Eastern Kingbird

It was a hot and hazy day with all the smoke blowing in from the wildfires throughout the province. Not much on the birding front during today’s walk, but there was one pleasant surprise.

Eastern Kingbird
Eastern Kingbird

I managed to see a couple of Eastern Kingbird, with one providing a fairly distant shot. As always, when the birds may not be cooperating,

Dragonfly
Dragonfly

… there is usually something else around willing to oblige.

Bees, Goldfinch & Dragonfly

It is that time of year again to start watching the thistle for American Goldfinch feeding on them. That was the goal this afternoon, but things don’t always go as planned. While I could hear them in the area, no Goldfinch were showing up on the stretch of thistle I was watching.

Bumble Bee
Bumble Bee

There were lots of Bumble Bees cooperating though.

 

American Goldfinch
American Goldfinch

Eventually an American Goldfinch did show up along with another Bumble Bee. While not quite what I was after, it does make for an interesting photo.

Dragonfly
Dragonfly

To finish things off was this Dragonfly eating a bee.

Kingbird & Shorebirds

While the afternoon at Reifel started off overcast with the odd light shower, the weather did improve slightly. While fairly quiet on the visitor front, there were a couple of interesting birds around. There is still a pair of Eastern Kingbird frequenting the trees along the island as you head out towards the west dyke.

Eastern Kingbird
Eastern Kingbird

No confirmation if they are actually nesting in the area yet though.

Meanwhile in the outside ponds on the high tide were some Dowitchers, Yellowlegs …

Wilson's Phalarope
Wilson’s Phalarope

… and mixed in with them was this female Wilson’s Phalarope.

Wilson's Phalarope
Wilson’s Phalarope
Wilson's Phalarope
Wilson’s Phalarope

I managed to get it with both a Dowitcher and Greater Yellowlegs for comparison.

Wilson's Phalarope
Wilson’s Phalarope

Then this solo shot to finish my time with it.

On my way back and while watching the Kingbirds for a little longer,

Dragonfly
Dragonfly

… this Dragonfly alighted on the tall grass and posed nicely for me.

To finish the day off,

Spotted Sandpiper
Spotted Sandpiper

… was this Spotted Sandpiper in the slough adjacent to the parking lot.