Birding began before I even got to the dyke. This Northern Flicker was on top of a telephone pole and calling out its loud klee-yer!! That certainly got my attention.
Remember two days ago when I mentioned that a saw an American Bittern in flight but wasn't quick enough to photograph it? Well, I made up for it by spotting this masterful bittern among the dead cattails. It even swayed back and forth as the wind blow across the marsh. Neat!
Lots of people on the dyke today, but I think I was the only one saw it, and that made me feel kind of special.
My pretty good attempt of photographing a bird in flight, even if it's just a large heron flying slowly.
Came across this beautiful pair Hooded Merganser. They weren't as shy as before and so I got some pretty good shots.
These bullish Red-winged Blackbirds took over the entire birdhouse and the Chickadees couldn't even in on the action. That was when I stepped in. When I got closer, the Blackbirds back off while the Chickadees made a quick grab and dash. But I couldn't be there the whole time, so I guess things will return back the way it is as I leave.
Good weather gives me good mood. Even the common Mallards are kind of cute today.
Such a handsome fellow. I don't believe I ever met Mrs. Northern Pintail. Although I doubt I can recognize her without the male's elaborate plumage.
And the Bald Eagles are heading back to their nest. This juvenile was perching on the branch before it took off when I was trying to photograph it.
This lonely adult was on another tree (with the nest) before it flew away and joined the other three eagles.