Tuesday, April 21, 2015

The Bar Gets Raised One Notch


                                                 Ross's Goose with Canada Goose Escort


                                                                     Ross's Goose


                                                                          Ditto



                                                 Blue-winged Teal Pair, Northern Reaches

                     
                                                                         Ditto
               

                                                          Great Egret, Breeding Plumage


                                                   First Year Male Brown-headed Cowbird
                                                          Practices Courting Techniques


                                                              Male Northern Shoveler


                                                              Red-shouldered Hawk


                                                                   Male Eastern Bluebird


                                                              Male Great-tailed Grackle


                                                             Female House Sparrow


                                                       Male Scissor-tailed Flycatcher


                                                                         Ditto

These Shots were taken over the past couple of days, and I had to keep dodging raindrops,
as I have been for several days now.  Even though, it has been a bit of a challenge from
time-to-time, I believe the shots may speak for themselves.  The little Ross's Goose arrived
beside the east side of Goose Island yesterday with a Canada Goose escort.  This little goose,
rarely seen on Boomer Lake, preened for about twenty minutes, then climbed up the hill to
the island, where I observed him eat and take a respite.  The other geese, even though nesting,
really paid him or her no mind.

I almost forgot.  I was at Teal Ridge Wetlands a few days ago, managing to get this shot of the
Yellow-crowned Night-Heron, which is a bird never seen at Boomer Lake, at least not to my knowledge.

                                                One of Two Yellow-crowned Night-Herons


                                                  Second Yellow-crowned Night Herons

Note that this second bird is displaying a beautiful yellow plume.

I also visited Couch Park on Sunday, and found this beautiful little Field Sparrow.