Monday, June 23, 2008

Last bit of birding for May 2008

May 26-29, 2008 - Visits to some of our favorite birding spots included Greenlawn Cemetery, Glacier Ridge Metro Park, Hoover Reservoir, and the OSU Wetlands Park.

Flycatchers are back in season. This Least Flycatcher was at Greenlawn Cemetery.

Here's another view of it.

Cedar Waxwings are abundant. They're one of my favorite bird species.

Red-winged blackbird at Glacier Ridge. We saw something very interesting on our walk there. A Great Blue Heron landed in the pond where the blackbirds were probably nesting. The blackbirds mobbed and harassed the heron until it finally flew off. Herons must go after nesting chicks, I guess. I'd never seen this behavior prior to this evening.

We went to Area N to look for Prothonotary Warblers. We heard and saw many of them. The phlox flowers were stunning, also.

Red squirrels were also pretty common here.

A very large snail in the path - I'm glad I didn't step on it. I hate that gooey crunch beneath my shoe.

This is the path to the prothonotary warbler nesting area. It's a very popular fishing spot, too.

One little boy was dismayed to find this critter near his fishing line. It's a northern water snake.

One very pleasant surprise was a red-headed woodpecker.

This huge bull frog was basking in the late afternoon sun at the OSU wetlands area. No wonder the herons and egrets like this place.

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