A few weeks ago I took my car to the dealer for its annual checkup and then went to McGinnis Slough to see how spring was progressing. As I walked through the path next to the marshy area the grass started to move, and I determined there had to be frogs hopping into the water out of sight. After stopping and waiting for a while, I was able to finally see some Bullfrogs and photograph them. They were capable of moving so quickly, I’m glad a few sat still for me.
Not a lot of birds present yet, but the Song Sparrows were abundant.
This female Red-Winged Blackbird was an indication that some breeding birds are ready to get down to business.
Always nice to see a male Wood Duck even as he started swimming away from me.
Still seeing Ruby-Crowned Kinglets even three weeks after I took these pictures. I suspect the cold winds still pushing down from the north is keeping them from progressing to their breeding grounds. Have not been able to get one to reveal its Ruby Crown.
The male Belted Kingfisher below was busy.
We’re a lot leafier now, but the trees were just beginning to show some green for the robin below.
There were likely more American Coots like the one at left, but I didn’t see a lot of them even skulking around in the marsh.
As I was panning on the Red-Tailed Hawk below it flew into the sun and even though it was somewhat cloudy that was not something I was planning to do, but I like the way it turned out.
One more Bullfrog shot. Who knew they could be so pretty?
And as promised a few more from the Science March.
Hope to be back soon with a report from the indoor crowd, the Spring Bird Count, more from Panama, Migration Central…wherever the wind blows me next (it’s unseasonably chilly and windy today).
I really liked ‘End the separation of facts and state’. We could do with that here too. Very nice frogs.
The “Citation Needed” was popular among the scientist crowd. I always feel like I never see frogs so I was happy they made themselves available. 🙂
Bullfrogs are really kind of cute. Amazing shots of the kinglet, they’re so small and hyperactive, I couldn’t even start to try to get a shot of one.
Yeah, I was surprised about the yellow throat on the bullfrog, wondering if it’s a youngster. That’s how much I know about frogs. The kinglets can be frustrating to capture but they don’t necessarily hide from the camera so you just have to be ready!
Really love your Red-Tailed Hawk back lit capture, Lisa! And your bullfrogs are pretty darn cute!
Thanks! When I think of all the times I have never seen frogs, and then there they were. Maybe it’s been a weird spring for them too. I’ll take it.