Thursday, April 9, 2009

New Birds for the Year

Today was a great birding day; the temperature was in the 60's and the sun was shining. In the field across from my house, I found a singing Brown Thrasher, the first one of the year. After watching several Tree Swallows dive bomb a circling Cooper's Hawk, I ventured into the woods. Just after entering the woods, I found a Blue-headed Vireo (another first of year bird) feeding in some flowering Red Maples.

Hermit Thrush:

Further up the trail, the Jack Pines were filled with Pine Warblers. There were at least 4 singing males, along with several females. Along this trail, I heard a group of Wild Turkeys and heard a Ruffed Grouse drumming. A pair of Yellow-bellied Sapsuckers chased each other through the woods, while a Pileated Woodpecker sailed through the trees. Later, I had two more new year birds, a Gray Catbird and Ruby-crowned Kinglet.

Blue-headed Vireo:

Butterflies were also flying:

Eastern Comma-4
Cabbage White-1
Mourning Cloak-4
Spring Azure-9

Pine Warbler:


Ali Iyoob said...

Great pics! What camera do you use?

Corey Husic said...

Canon 40D with 400mm f/5.6 lens.