Saturday, August 16, 2008
Female Belted Kingfisher
We weren't sure who this was. Maybe a type of sandpiper, plover or sanderling. It stands on logs or the side of the lake and flies close to the water.
Thanks to tib78 for the comment! It's a Spotted Sandpiper. The lack of spots is what was throwing us. But I see in the field guide now that the juveniles lack the breast spots and have a darker bill.
Chickadee in a tree
Sunday, August 10, 2008
Baby Barn Swallows
Black and White Warbler
A new visitor today. It's not our greatest picture (see the barn swallow for that!) but we couldn't resist posting because we haven't seen one of these yet. He has zebra stripes, and he runs down the tree head first like a nuthatch and darts about like a chickadee.
This nice little green heron will be seeing more of us. We now have a pedal boat so sometimes we cruise under the bridge and get down into the more remote part of the lake. We saw this green heron and also the Kingfisher and a rose-breasted Grosbeak. The lighting was only right for the heron pictures, but we'll be heading back there on occasion to keep trying.