Nothing like a three day weekend! We’re getting a thunderstorm right now, but the long weekend was fabulous. I spent most of the day Friday taking pictures and I have lots to share.
These little Warbling Vireos are hard to see up in the leaves. But their song is very loud and I can sometimes spot them if I look long enough. Just got a shot of this guy before he hopped onto another branch.
This female and male Red-winged Blackbird clearly had a nest and/or young nearby. They were not shy about perching very close to me and letting me know it was time to move on.
This Blue-gray Gnatcatcher looked so pretty sitting next to the river being back-lit by the sun.
I love Cedar Waxwings! I especially love when the catch lights in the eye allow you to see it against that black mask of theirs.
This little squirrel kept his eye on me the whole time I walked by.
It was impossible to miss this House Wren who was singing so loudly! Such adorable little birds.
I’m pretty sure this is a House Sparrow. I can see the gape, so it must be a juvenile.
These flycatchers always confuse me. I’m pretty sure this is an Eastern Wood-Pewee. I can see those dusky smudges on the under-tail coverts which helped lead me to that conclusion.
I can’t tell you how many times I hear a bird and start looking for it, only to find it is a chipmunk up in a tree. I always thought chipmunks stayed on the ground, but not so. This little guy was playing hide-and-seek.
Finally, here’s a Great Spangled Fritillary on a Milkweed plant. This is the most common butterfly I have seen so far this summer. I have yet to see my first Monarch. They better hurry up, because the Milkweed is blooming!
I hope you all enjoyed the weekend as much as I did.