Saturday, October 13, 2012

Churchville Park • October 13


Black Creek. Today we kayaked down Black Creek, putting in at Churchville Park, and heading west. Despite the cloudy weather, the autumn colors were beautiful!

Black Creek

Black Creek

Belted Kingfisher. Note that this bird has a single blue-gray "belted" under its throat. This makes it an adult male.

Rusty Blackbird. There was a small flock of these threatened birds along the creekside, chattering with their gurgling calls and squeaky door hinge sounds.

Rusty Blackbird

Black Creek

Black Creek

Great Blue Heron. Note the white skull cap and long shaggy "beard" feathers atop its breast. This is an adult.

Great Blue Heron. Taking objection to our vicinity as we passed by, the heron popped up to a nearby tree.

Belted Kingfisher. The large "belt" under the throat is a cinnamon color, and there is a second pronounced chestnut belt underneath. This is a juvenile and probably a female, though a juvenile male can have a second belt, too.