Smith and Bybee Lakes.

I decided to spend some time at Smith and Bybee this morning to freeze my fingers and see some birds... Right away I surprised a Hermit Thrush:


Although I know these thrushes are common I had never actually seen one before... Yay!

There were lots of Bewick's Wrens annoyed with me...


From the far blind I watched a kingfisher pose in Bybee Lake...


A bunch of Bushtits were seemingly asking to get their portraits taken..



There were over a dozen Common Mergansers out on the lake, and more flying by..


I was psyched to see three Varied Thrush in the trees... I was not psyched to see the sun come out behind them.


Someday I'll find some in good light.  While I was walking back towards the parking area a couple of deer crossed the path.  This lady seemed curious:


She seriously stared me down as I walked past her, so close I was a little nervous she wanted to charge at me (not that they do that) or something.

I had a good little stroll around the lakes!  Now I must brag about the awesome collar I found for Ralph at Pets On Broadway (and show off Jake's collar also from P.O.B., but not new):

Ralph's is the owl one, Jake's is the swallows.  Yay for cute dog collars!

Comments

  1. Nice Bushtit pictures! Not easy to do.
    You should see my only Varied Thrush picture. Not a work of art. O well, it does prove I saw it. :-)

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  2. What a collection of lovely images, Jen. I particularly like the one of the hermit thrush: you found her secret hiding place. But the others are not far behind, especially the bushtit.

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  3. The Bushtit photos are great. They are adorable....but not as adorable as your birding dogs' new collars. Now they can go birding in style with you!

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  4. The Bushtit looks like it is ready for winter.

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  5. Very cool shots! Those are some fierce-looking Bushtits!

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  6. Are Hermit Thrushes named so because they hide away and are difficult to locate? If so you did really well to get that shot Jen.

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