Norman Bird Sanctuary, Rhode Island.

While back east I met up with my friend in Providence and headed down to the Norman Bird Sanctuary near Newport.  The first birds we saw were the resident roosters...


We followed one of the trails till we reached a bridge with some guards.


It took some maneuvering but we made it past them without getting nipped.  From the bridge we got great views of a Black-crowned Night Heron perched on a rock in the pond...


While still on the bridge, a little bird flew over and perched very close to us.  He sat watching us for a long time...


He appears to be an Eastern Phoebe, but I'm not sure why he's got all those purpley feathers in front.  Molting?  Pond muck? 


The next bird we saw ended up being my favorite bird of my whole trip... A White-eyed Vireo!



And a photo without something stuffed in his mouth...


Such a cool bird!  The Eastern Towhees were less exciting but still nice to see...


A couple times we were surprised by deer...


It was an awesome place to explore.  We drove around the nearby area for a bit before leaving and caught sight of a Yellow Warbler  near the road. 



Good birds!!!

Comments

  1. Looks fun! Nice for you to get to bird somewhere new too!

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  2. WELCOME BACK EAST--
    You found some stellar birds-and that deer looks like she is losing her raggedy winter coat--Great photos in this post--

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  3. Your photo make me want to visit again. It's been a long time for me.

    Did you happen to visit Sachuest Point National Wildlife Refuge while you were in the area?

    BTW, your blog title just cracks me up :)

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  4. If I am not mistaken, that Eastern Phoebe has a bad case of feather mites. I believe the dark feathers are the under downy layer. The outer layer of contour feathers appear to have been eaten away completely by the mites, leaving only the harder feather shafts as those whispy white bristles!

    Birds are host to many mites, lice, ticks, and other pests, but we usually don't see them.

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  5. Wow, that White-eyed Vireo is beautiful!

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