Cormorants and a Pied-billed Grebe: September 21, 2021

With two walks at Col. Sam Smith today, I knew that there would be plenty of opportunity for photographing birds. That meant toting the long lens for many hours but I feel that it is worth it.

With so many juvenile cormorants around, it is possible to get quite close to some.

Double-crested Cormorant (juvenile)
Double-crested Cormorant (juvenile)
Double-crested Cormorant (juvenile)
Double-crested Cormorants and Ring-billed Gull
Double-crested Cormorants
Double-crested Cormorant (juvenile)
Double-crested Cormorants
Double-crested Cormorant (juvenile)

House Sparrows are here all year round and some nested in Tree Swallow boxes in the spring.

House Sparrows
House Sparrow (female)
House Sparrows
House Sparrows
House Sparrows
House Sparrow (male)

The morning group had a glimpse at a Pied-billed Grebe.

Pied-billed Grebe
Pied-billed Grebe with Red-necked Grebe
Pied-billed Grebe

Other birds:

Mallard (female)
Great Blue Heron
Mute Swan
Downy Woodpecker (male)
Mute Swans
European Starlings
European Starling
European Starlings

Species list: red-necked grebe, pied-billed grebe, double-crested cormorant, great blue heron, mallard, mute swan, spotted sandpiper, herring gull, ring-billed gull, belted kingfisher, northern flicker, downy woodpecker, blue jay, black-capped chickadee, American robin, European starling, yellow-rumped warbler, northern parula, American redstart, house sparrow, northern cardinal, American goldfinch, white-throated sparrow, song sparrow. (24 species)

Other life:

Red-eared Sliders

10 am group:

1 pm group:

NATURE POETRY

There are flowers enough in the summertime,
More flowers than I can remember:  
But none with the purple, gold, and red
That dyes the flowers of September!                        – Mary Howitt (1799–1888)

Miles Hearn

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