A Morning of Birdwatching (1): 6:30 to 7:30: June 2021

Having made many early morning visits to Col. Sam Smith Park in May searching unsuccessfully for Whimbrels, I became aware of where the best spots in the park are for close-up bird photography. With that in mind, here is what I was able to photograph on a June morning.

Gray Catbird
Gray Catbird
Tree Swallow chick
Baltimore Oriole (male)
Tree Swallow chick
Yellow Warbler (male)

MYSTERY BIRD

I will identify it at the end of the post.

Yellow Warbler chick
Yellow Warbler (female)
Yellow Warbler (female)
Yellow Warbler (female)
Yellow Warbler (female)
Warbling Vireo
Warbling Vireo
Warbling Vireo
Yellow Warbler (female)
American Robin
Common Grackle family
Common Grackle family
Common Grackle
Baltimore Oriole (male)
Baltimore Oriole (male)
Baltimore Oriole (male)
Baltimore Oriole (male)
Baltimore Oriole (male)
American Robin
Baltimore Oriole (male)
Baltimore Oriole (male)
Common Tern
Common Tern
Common Tern
Common Tern
Common Tern
Red-winged Blackbird chicks
Willow Flycatcher
Tree Swallow chick
Tree Swallow chick

MYSTERY BIRD

Looking like a miniature Mockingbird, this tiny bird is blue-gray above and has a white eye-ring – a Blue Gray Gnatcatcher.

Blue-gray Gnatcatcher

MAILBOX

Loon fishing in jasper. Never been so close. 

NATURE POETRY

The earliest breath of June
Blows the white tassels from the cherry boughs,
And in the deepest shadow of noon
The mild-eyed oxen browse.                                  – Elizabeth Ann Allen (1832–1911)

Miles Hearn

2 thoughts on “A Morning of Birdwatching (1): 6:30 to 7:30: June 2021

  1. Lisa Volkov

    Beautiful! This is such a great place for pictures of birds. And it’s delightful to see what chicks and juveniles look like, too! Great video of a Loon fishing. Thanks, Miles!

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  2. rosemarie fischer

    heard the cat bird this morning and then I saw him!!! so neat to see your pictures,we have a Greenbelt behind the house,it’s a Bird Paradise, and today a cardinal flew right past my nose…..awesome…loved the loon video,never saw a loon in action….thank you so much for giving us so much joy!!!!

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