A fabulous 4th of July weekend.

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.

 

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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.

 

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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.

 

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This Blue-gray Gnatcatcher looked so pretty sitting next to the river being back-lit by the sun.

 

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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.

 

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This little squirrel kept his eye on me the whole time I walked by.

 

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It was impossible to miss this House Wren who was singing so loudly!  Such adorable little birds.

 

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I’m pretty sure this is a House Sparrow.  I can see the gape, so it must be a juvenile.

 

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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.

 

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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.

 

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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.

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6 Responses to A fabulous 4th of July weekend.

  1. Such pretty photos, Carol!

  2. Crooked Tracks says:

    Wonderful photos. I like the way the squirrel and chipmunk were watching you 🙂

  3. neihtn2012 says:

    You have such good eyes to see so many birds that the rest of us, mere mortals, don’t see. Great photos as a result.

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