For this morning's Stewart Park bird walk, I wasn't expecting to see much
given the strong south winds overnight and line of rain early, and sure
enough, the waterfowl and warbler variety was lacking and nonexistent,
respectively (just mallards and canada geese and a distant common
merganser). But to compensate, a posse of juvenile bald eagles put on quite
the show, flying back and forth as if playing in the wind, one flying in
with a small fish, one starting to "go bald". By the swan pen a belted
kingfisher landed a few branches behind a small streaky brown raptor, a
young merlin, who sat and preened and posed for great looks. Double-crested
cormorants lined the entire length of the red jetty, while the white jetty
hosted ring-billed, herring, and great black-backed gulls. A young green
heron attended the swan pen, while a great blue heron flew overhead. We
later saw at least three great blue herons perched variously below jetty
woods, while juvenile bald eagles perches on several snags above. Another
merlin flew around fall creek before perching for good looks at its whiter
breast: an adult this time.

Later at the second Migration Celebration bird walk around Sapsucker Woods,
things were relatively quiet though with enough "usuals" to keep the
participants happy. There was one fleeting naked-eye look at a
yellow-colored magnolia-ish warbler at Sherwood Platform, and some red-eyed
vireos in the woods, and back at the pergola the woodpeckers put on quite a
show, at one point a downy and hairy perched side-by-side as I reached for
my invisible camera. The best bird of the morning was probably the
Swainson's Thrush who flew first into the larger island then onto the big
GBH snag.



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