The Other Half and I are at it again. We switched up which park we were going to because of a friend’s recommendation, and also because it’s closer than the wetlands we were visiting, so that’s a bonus. Just by switching parks, we are seeing entirely different birds, which is amusing considering that the distance between all the places we go is only about 5 miles.
Anyway, we have been seeing such new and awesome birds as:
White-breasted nuthatches! Wait, you were waiting for me to mention something exotic? What if I told you these nuthatches thought our dog was the coolest thing ever and were trying to climb down the trees to get near him? You wouldn’t believe me? Well, fine; they were just tapping around the trees. But they were doing it in circles around the dog, so it’s still plausible.
We also saw these hiding in the mulberry and hackberry trees:
These are grey catbirds, which are related to mockingbirds and make all sorts of fun noises (like a cat’s meow). This particular bird was practicing his ‘Nighttime! Daytime!’ sketch.
The park also had multitudes of other birds, including hairy woodpeckers, which have longer bills and markings slightly different than their downy counterparts.
We also saw the ubiquitous goldfinches looking to pick up some nice girls, and their friends the titmice, looking to scare those goldfinches off their turf.
We also saw several warbler species:
Well, at least the picture above is a warbler; the picture below is actually a red-eyed vireo trying to trick us into thinking we saw a warbler. The cad!
There was also a small flock of juvenile bluebirds exploring the nearby disc golf course:
Isn’t he cute? This little one was the only one who would hold still long enough for me to get a picture.
On a new note, we also found a great crested flycatcher. We initially thought it was an ash-crested flycatcher because of the calls we had recorded, but we consulted with someone who told us we had recorded very atypical calls that sounded more like a great crested flycatcher. He also noted that great crested flycatchers have more grey throats, while ash-crested flycatchers have white throats. It’s hard for us to tell from this picture because, well, it was getting dark, but this little dude does in fact have a grey throat.