You can always count on having a good variety of birds at Col. Sam Smith Park on any day of the year. For that reason I lugged my long lens camera about for the entire walk. The only problem was with the group photo. I had to move about 50 yards away from the group in order to include everyone.
With the beautiful, sunny skies and terrific wild flower display, we saw many, many Monarchs.
By November, there will be many species of ducks and mergansers wintering here but today we had only Mallards.
We also had Magnolia and Yellow-rumped Warblers
and Red-eared Sliders.
Species list: Red-necked Grebe, double-crested cormorant, great blue heron, mallard, osprey, spotted sandpiper, ring-billed gull, belted kingfisher, northern flicker, blue jay, black-capped chickadee, red-breasted nuthatch, American robin, gray catbird, warbling vireo, magnolia warbler, yellow-rumped warbler, house sparrow, northern cardinal, American goldfinch, song sparrow. (21 species)
Many swarms of wild bees descended on our fields:
Stately stood the wheatstalk with head bent high:
Big of heart we laboured at storing mighty yields,
Wool and corn, and clusters to make men cry! – George Meredith (1828–1909)
Miles, your pic of the Magnolia Warbler reminded me of a spectacular hardy variety of magnolia called ‘Yellow Bird’ which flowers in late spring with masses of yellow flowers that do resemble yellow birds. (if you’ve had enough to drink 😉)
There is a magnificent example in the A section of the Mount Pleasant Cemetery just where it leads into the Vale of Avoca. I saw it last April in full bloom when it looked almost ablaze with colour. Well worth a look see next spring.