Today, I was up and at 'em bright and early. My goal: To make it to Elgin Heritage Park before the tide pulled out. I was successful...if just by the hair of my chinny-chin-chin.
To follow is my photo record of the morning. First up....
A Canada Goose, reflecting...
A male Green-winged Teal, wading...
The wooden bridge that devides the Marsh into two...
On one side, a female Red-winged Blackbird waits for her mate. If she had a watch, she'd be lookin' at it.
On the other side, a male Red-winged Blackbird calls out to his mate...
Can she hear him?
I was struck by the sheer volume of Red-winged Blackbirds at the Marsh, most of which were mating...in broad daylight. I felt dirty.
Next, I followed the bridge to the far west shoreline, where I saw....
A napping Dowitcher
Black-bellied Plovers coming in for a landing...
The Long-billed Dowitchers at play...
The Dowitchers pondering their next meal....
This one was napping...
with a big yawn!
I sat on a rock near the shore for close to an hour just watching these Dowitchers. My conclusion: they spend their days napping, eating, preening and napping...repeat.
Once I was convinced that I had seen all there was to see, I made my way to the parking lot. That's when I heard it. A sound I hadn't heard before. I followed it. It lead me to my first Life Bird of the day ~ A Yellow-rumped Warbler!
While at the park, I noticed a few more blooms were out. I love Spring!
Other birds observed:
~ Common Yellowthroat
~ Black-capped Chickadee
~ Golden-crowned Sparrow
~ Spotted Towhee
~ American Robin
~ American Goldfinch
~ House Finch
~ European Starling
~ Rufous Hummingbird [heard but not seen]
~ Bewick's Wren
~ Marsh Wren
~ Northern Flicker
~ Northern Shoveler
~ American Wigeon
~ Pacific Loon
~ Common Merganser
~ Great Blue Heron
~ Bald Eagle
~ Ring-billed Gull
~ Herring Gull
~ Double-crested Cormorant
Next up, Westham Island and the George C. Reifel Migratory Bird Sanctuary.