I have been out every morning, even a few times in the rain, anticipating arrivals. Nearly every day has produced another species. And with warmer weather the last few days, I have seen 40+ species in either of my most-frequented locations.
These photos are from May 4th at the Portage, with the exception of the Baltimore Oriole at the top of the post who perched right in front of me yesterday and insisted on having his picture taken. A lot has transpired since May 4 but I figure I have to start somewhere.
Yellow Warblers have been abundant lately.
Warbling Vireos are recognized more often by their song. They’re not always easy to see. So I was particularly happy to capture this one somewhat.
Even before the Baltimore Orioles began arriving, I saw this male Orchard Oriole. I saw one again yesterday and now I’m wondering if perhaps there will be a breeding pair.
It was a little tricky following the Nashville Warbler below.
At some point I will devote more space to some better Yellow-rumped Warbler and Ruby-crowned Kinglet photos, but these were just in the sampling for this day.
It wasn’t until I got home and took my pictures off the camera that I realized there was a Green Heron sitting to the right of the Great Egret.
Turtles are back, enjoying the sunshine.
Perhaps one could imagine a conversation between the Great Egret and the turtles.
I’m always happy to see a White-throated Sparrow. It’s been even better to hear them sing lately.
Chipmunks are sometimes curious enough to sit still.
I don’t try to get photos of Red-winged Blackbirds too often now that they are everywhere but I happened to capture this one in flight.
Below is a Song Sparrow in a quieter moment.
The Portage is very green now, over the burn.
It’s wonderful to see swallows again. Tree Swallows are everywhere.
Somehow I captured this Northern Rough-winged Swallow. I like the reflections in the water.
Barn Swallows were swooping low over the water too.
It took the Palm Warblers just a little while to get here but they are quite comfortable showing up everywhere and taking their time about it, which the photographer greatly appreciates.
European Starlings do well at the Portage. Some are nesting in the mouth of the statue.
Meanwhile back at the bungalow, the indoor crowd is cheering me on. After the Spring Music Festival, suddenly I have several non-paying gigs, so to speak, for which I have begun to learn a lot of new music. I am accompanying a soprano for the choir talent show. Linda the flutist and I are playing for the first Sunday service in July and I am also playing for the second service. I blame it all on the birds. Now that they expect me to play piano every single day, they have convinced me I can play everything.
I am trying to look at this philosophically. If I started playing piano at 2, it’s only fitting I go out the same way I came in.
I will be back with Lots More Spring Migration Photos: I hope sooner than later.
Great outing, Lisa! I love your quip about the Egret conversing.
Thank you so much, Babse! The camera froze that moment in time. I might otherwise have never noticed it.
It must take you an age to go through all your photos when you come back from these outings. I am sorry about the non paying nature of your piano playing but it should be nice to feel wanted and valued.
Thanks for your thoughtful comments. You have revealed my great dilemma. Even in bad light I still take too many photos.
My comment about playing piano was rather tongue-in-cheek – I would never play for money again. It am sure the next few weeks will be as much fun as they is challenging,