2009-08-21: 12:20 am - 2:15 pm
I thought I finally had the Black-Crowned Night Heron. I shot lots of pics, then on review found I had only a Great Blue Heron that was sleeping among some logs. His neck was tucked in, and the reflections of the vegetation made his legs look yellow. Oh well... My eyes are very sensitive to bright sunlight now and I find I am having a harder time distinguishing distant birds through the camera. It' s great to have digital "film"! Delete, delete!
Anyway, we saw at least three species of sandpipers, and our first hummingbird at RH Long. We did not see the Red-Headed Woodpecker today.
I was truly amazed to see what a Wood Duck had under its wings! I think this was the time we have ever seen a Wood Duck with open wings. Much more complex and interesting than Mallards I think. (Is this why they do not spread their wings more...? It is just too much for anyone to handle!)
More pics later...
Black-Ringed Gull (few)
Canada Geese (many fewer than usual)
Double-Crested Cormorants (more than usual)
Ruby-Throated Hummingbird (one - visiting flowers on "thistle dike")
Kingfishers (saw one- heard many)
Cowbirds (lots on one tree only)
Great Blue Heron
Least (Semi-Palmated?) Sandpiper
(I will post "piper" pics on my PBase for ID help!)
Eastern Painted Turtle "crossing the road" (answer: to be with his friends on the other side...)
and a lovely Viceroy butterfly (thanks for ID, Don!) on the "thistle dike" - Say, why is there a semi-transparent covering around the main body? Is this normal and I never noticed it?
The "dog guy" was there when we arrived, so I am sure it made a difference in our normal "walk-around" before we retired to the picnic pavilion for lunch and scoping.