Halictus bee at school & birds near home

Took more pictures of the Halictus sp. bees outside the school building this afternoon.

So much pollen on its hairy legs!

Halictus bee in flight
Got one lucky shot of a bee in flight.  Disgustingly, it was flying towards a band-aid.  Yuck!

On the way home, I got off one bus stop earlier and walked around Sawmill Creek to do some bird-watching.

Gray Catbird (Dumetella carolinensis)
The first bird I saw was this shy Gray Catbird (Dumetella carolinensis) hiding in a hawthorn tree.  First catbird of the year!

Under the shrubs, there were some flowering Large-flowered Bellworts (Uvularia grandiflora).  Notice anything interesting in this photo?

Yep, on the right side of the photo there was an Andrena bee flying towards the flowers.  Here is a cropped image of the above photo.

There were several Yellow-rumped Warbler (Setophaga coronata) around the wetland, but all of them were too fast and far away for me to take a good photo.

The Red-winged Blackbirds (Agelaius phoeniceus) are a bit easier to photograph.

Red-winged Blackbird (Agelaius phoeniceus)

Red-winged Blackbird (Agelaius phoeniceus)

Taking off and showing off those beautiful shoulder patches.

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