Monday, March 21, 2011

Whitaker Ponds Nature Park

I decided to go in search of spring this afternoon at Whitaker Ponds.  It was raining lightly most of the time with a few sun breaks... 

I did find some spring....


I also founds some good birds...

Townsend's Warbler

Yellow-rumped Warbler (Myrtle)

 Yellow-rumped Warbler (Myrtle)

There were TONS of YRW's in the trees making quite a racket.. A few were in breeding plumage like this one:


 Ruby-crowned Kinglet

 I came across what I think is a slightly leucistic Dark-eyed Junco:


Here's a dark shot but it shows the "hood":


Interesting bird.  Also seen on my walk around the ponds:  Tree Swallows, Downy Woodpecker, Golden-crowned Kinglets, Black-capped Chickadees, American Goldfinches, Bushtits, Ring-necked Ducks, Mallards, Wood Ducks, Gadwalls, crows, Anna's Hummingbirds, robins, and probably more I'm forgetting.  It is a great time of year for visiting this park!  Don't be scared off by the big fence that makes it always look closed off!

7 comments:

  1. The flowers are great...can't wait till we have some here. Those 2 shots of the yellow rumped warbler are great!

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  2. Stunning shots - you outdid yourself this trip!

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  3. Amazing shots as usual. About your Junco, I saw a Black-capped Chickadee with a similar thing. It looked as if it had grey hair. Quite the distinguished liitle fellow/lady. It's so cool finding anomalies like that eh?

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  4. I love the spring collage--it really says "YOU HAVE ARRIVED" better than Wilma can say it..
    awesome bird shots too--cant believe you saw an Anna'a Hummer--they dont arrive here till May-

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  5. Stunning close ups!! Boom & Gary of the Vermilon River, Canada.

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  6. A most wonderful post with beautiful images! How very exciting to view many warblers. I am eagerly awaiting their arrival(in Chicago)during spring migration. Oh joy, an Anna's Hummingbird! Lovely photo of the tiny Ruby-headed Kinglet. Your post is a burst of spring sunshine on a cold, cloudy day. A joy to view your fabulous blog!

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  7. Nice closeups. Great flower collage!

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