Tuesday, April 14, 2015

Spring Birds

What a beautiful day we had yesterday! The sun was shining, and the temperature hit 70. I couldn't resist heading out to see what I could find at CJ Bown and Buck Creek SP.
Yellow-Throated Warblers are harbingers of spring, and hearing them high in the treetops signal that spring and the migration is truly happening. Normally I get a glimpse or them flitting high up in the Sycamore trees, but yesterday I was quite fortunate to encounter one that came down to the creek bed near the trail I was walking. 


Yellow-Throated Warbler





Purple Finch


 White-Throated Sparrow




Monday, April 6, 2015

Greater White Fronted Goose

This goose was in Old Reid Park feeding with some Canada Geese. We had excellent looks, as he was only a few feet from the roadway.




Thursday, April 2, 2015

April 1rst

It was a beautiful day first the first of April, and I spent most of the day out and about checking for migrating ducks. My first stop was Old Reid, where I saw 8 Pied-Billed Grebes along with the usual cast of characters who inhabit the park.


6 of the 8 Pied-Billed Grebes seen at Old Reid Park this morning.

From there, I traveled east to visit with Lynda at Prairie's End. We walked and chatted, and saw a few inhabitants of her property.

This Song Sparrow was enjoying the warm, sunny day.


And a Titmouse whose iconic song is a sure sign of spring!








Assorted ducks seen behind First Christian Church on Middle Urbana Rd.



Blue Winged Teal seen on Bosart Rd. 

Before I pulled into the driveway, and stopped to check the field pond down the road, and was fortunate to find some Blue-Winged Teal dabbling. This one did a wing flap to show me the blue on his wings.


Saturday, March 14, 2015

Red-tail Day

No new ducks today, but we saw several Red-tail Hawks on our jaunt. 
  
This one was at the Moorefield and Morris Rd intersection feasting on a squirrel.
    




 This bird was on Neer Rd.


    


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Thursday, March 12, 2015

Ducks....Part 2

Since tomorrow will be raining, we decided to postpone the housekeeping chores and head back to the park to see if any new ducks had popped in. 
Although not a duck, this Belted Kingfisher watched us for a while before flying off.

The Ring-Necked Ducks we gorgeous in the morning light.

A resident Northern Shoveler Duck and his mate came close to give us a look.


Lots of Mallards, and their colors were beautiful.

There were a few Hooded Mergansers; this fellow came to see us.