Eagles + Sparrows

This afternoon I headed out to Brunswick Point to see what may be around. Not far from the beginning of the trail,

Bald Eagle
Bald Eagle

… was a pair of Bald Eagles. While watching them I also spotted a Northern Shrike, but it did not stick around for photos.

Spotted Towhee
Spotted Towhee

Further along was this Spotted Towhee,

Golden-crowned Sparrow
Golden-crowned Sparrow

… and Golden-crowned Sparrow. I also got a brief glimpse of what looked like a Hermit Thrush. On the way back a Western Meadowlark flew across the trail landing in the farm field, but was too far off for a photo.

Brunswick Point
Brunswick Point

Back at the beginning of the trail with the sun just starting to go down I paused to shoot this lone Willow tree in the farm field.

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

…┬áthe 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.

Song Birds & Mallard

Weather wise it was not a pleasant morning. After the rain let up it was still overcast and on the cool side when I headed out the door for a walk. Nothing out of the ordinary so that allowed for some time with the regulars.

Spotted Towhee
Spotted Towhee

Despite still being a little gloomy along the trails,

Dark-eyed Junco
Dark-eyed Junco

… I still managed a few shots.

Song Sparrow
Song Sparrow

This one spot was active with this Song Sparrow using the same perch as the Junco.

Mallard
Mallard

On the waterfowl front there never seems to be any shortage of these. This female Mallard is fanning her wings after finishing a preening session. This was also the finish of my walk as it was starting to rain again.