I made kind of a trip to get my dog neutered, but since it was an hour and a half drive I just stayed in the area until the deed was finished, which took four-and-a-half hours. So I planned a birding trip to coincide with it. As well as an exotic meats trip. Anyway...
First stop, Gordon Bubolz Nature Preserve! Gordon Bubolz greeted me upon walking through the door with a very up-close-and-personal Sandhill Crane!
It's not prime season necessarily, but there were still other birders there, one of whom told me there were wrens and thrushes. While I was talking to him I saw a Golden-crowned Kinglet, a new bird for me. "New bird for me" is kind of a theme in this post.
I walked down some of the trails and found a sign explaining that there were nest boxes specifically set up for bluebirds, which had declined in population due to invasive starlings and sparrows. Sure enough, there were a couple of these, although they were shy so I didn't get any clear pictures of them.
I walked around the lake, trying to get better pictures of Kinglets. I saw a Brown Creeper on a pine tree, another new bird for me, but I couldn't get its picture; it kept creeping to the other side of the tree whenever I tried!
I continued my trek and found what I believe are Hermit Thrushes. I'm going with Hermit Thrush, but they are certainly thrushes. Once I saw one, I saw several, and I stayed a while to listen to one sing. They have wonderful, melodious voices.
Here's where I started getting pictures with mistaken identity. I wound up taking a picture of a House Wren while totally thinking it was a thrush, even though the two are only superficially alike.
Then I photographed what I think is a Swamp Sparrow, new bird.
Then I took a string of photographs of Ruby-crowned Kinglets, another new bird.
Also at Gordon Bubolz I saw Buffleheads, Mallards, American Robins, American Goldfinches, a Downy Woodpecker, and some other various animals.
At this point I left and went to a store called "All Things Jerky." It's not so much a jerky store as it is an exotic meats store. A friend of mine told me I should go because it would be a worthwhile stop in my quest to eat as many members of the animal kingdom as possible.
|Meat sticks. And a box of insect larvae.|
Upon my departure I went to Telulah Park, which was swarming with Yellow-rumped Warblers, another new bird for me.
And also I saw another Ruby-crowned Kinglet:
But before I close this entry, I did see a Forster's Tern yesterday, another new bird for me. This was at Lakeside Park West, which I've just begun to realize is a goldmine for birds.
|Horned Grebe with Bonaparte's Gull|
|American White Pelicans|
- Forster's Tern
- Hermit Thrush
- Swamp Sparrow
- Ruby-crowned Kinglet
- Golden-crowned Kinglet
- Brown Creeper