I hadn’t walked around Riverside for a while so I took a walk Monday while it was still comfortable to be outside. There were lots of Canada Geese and only a few Mallards but I was happy to see the hen below with her two ducklings. I admit I cropped dad out of the picture.
It was also nice to see herons on the water. There were two Great Egrets but they were quite distant, so I photographed only one. I also saw one Great Blue Heron. The water level is so low they are standing in the middle of the river.
I was reminded of the storm the week before, both by the paved walk and later on the Riverside Lawn trail where I had to negotiate three downed trees.
I love the spotty plumage on young American Robins like the one below.
The damselfly treat of the day was a Blue-fronted Dancer.
I often see Common Grackles in the rocks by the river. This is a female.
Almost two weeks earlier, on June 8, I visited Riverside and the first bird I saw was a Cliff Swallow sitting on the wire for quite a while. I don’t see this species very often.
It was a cloudy day. and it was much cooler as well. Again, a Common Grackle caught my eye, this time, a male.
It seemed unusual to see a feral Rock Pigeon on the riverbank.
Canada Geese were in the river. Nothing unusual about that.
There was this little family taking a walk.
I struggled to see and photograph Killdeer that day. They blend in well with the rocks by the former Hoffman Dam.
Here are the first photos I took, literally just pointing the camera in the direction I was hearing the Killdeer.
At some point there was a Turkey Vulture being chased by a Red-winged Blackbird. I love to see the vultures in flight, they are so graceful. A series of several photos is below.
I managed to capture a Baltimore Oriole that day. The photo opportunities have decreased since nesting season has taken over everything.
Here’s one more of the Cliff Swallow.
There were a number of Variable Dancers on the Riverside Lawn trail. They are very tiny,
Summer is official now and hot weather is baked in, so to speak. I have a busy agenda this week and heading into July with the possibility of a house guest for a couple weeks, so my posts may be a little scattered or scatterbrained, but after all it is summertime. Hope you are enjoying the longer days and staying cool enough, wherever you are.