Ankeny NWR, again.
We gave up on the warbler after awhile and walked down to see if we could find the Lewis's Woodpeckers. And failed again. But there were cows.
This area is great for Acorn Woodpeckers as well as Western Bluebirds.
After wandering the area for awhile, warbler-free, we took a break to drive south and look for a
Yay. We made our way back up to Ankeny...
In the parking lot we were greeted by a woman who had just seen the warbler at a residence up the street. She walked us over and within a few minutes we heard the bird calling. It landed briefly on the suet feeder in the yard and I saw it for a second in my bins. And then it disappeared.
No photos. No evidence. We waited for it to come back in the freezing cold while a yellow lab begged for our attention. We gave up. The sun was setting as we got back to the car...
We made one more stop at Eagle Marsh, where a Canvasback was blatantly checking out the booty of a Tundra Swan.
So maybe not the most productive day bird-wise, but it was beautiful out and I managed the worst views of a life bird ever. Winning.