Saturday, January 18, 2020

Smörgåsbord (02-03Jan2020)

Some local birds to feast your eyes on..

This profile shot of an Orange-crowned Warbler makes it look very dumpy and chubby but also cute.

Most of the following pics taken at Fort Fisher.

Great Egret

White Ibis

American Oystercatcher

Palm Warbler

Song Sparrow

Prairie Warbler

Snowy Egret

Saltmarsh Sparrow

Boat-tailed Grackle

Cooper's Hawk

The conditions started to line up perfectly for an up close and personal photo shoot with a Tricolored Heron at the Fort Fisher Rocks.

After immortalizing the Tricolored, I headed over to the Ferry Parking and started racking up passerines.

Yellow-rumped Warbler

Savannah Sparrow

Blue-headed Vireo

Prairie Warbler

Swamp Sparrow

WTF!  Grasshopper Sparrow.  Not something I expected to see here out of migration.

Northern Cardinal - there is something appealing about the juxtaposition of rusted steel fencing and pretty birds that gets my juices flowing.

House Finch

American Bluebird

Sedge Wren over by the aquarium trail.

The following pics were all taken in the Wrightsville Beach area.

Laughing Gull taken at Johnnie Mercer's Pier - nothing to laugh about now huh?

Brown Pelican


Ruddy Turnstone

"Western" Willet - in the winter they are all the Western sub-species.  Eastern Willets migrate to central and south America.  I sense a split coming soon for these to attain full species status.

Ring-billed Gull

American Kestrel

Now for some pics from Wade Park near my house.

The under-appreciated Mallard.

Great Blue Heron

Red-winged Blackbird

Common Eider at WB.

The Rock Pigeon flock at Johnnie Mercer's.

All those birds photographed in only a couple days!  In case I didn't mention earlier, I love a new year!

1 comment:

  1. Great shots! Lots of birds I haven't managed to see in Virginia, even though we're just to the north.