Sunday, June 30, 2013

Black Creek Park • May 4

Red-bellied Woodpecker. On trips with the local birding club, the experienced hands like to impress the beginners by identifying the sex of a Red-bellied Woodpecker with just a glance through the binoculars. This one is a male because the red crown coloring extends all the way down to the bill. In a female, the red would stop halfway along the crown.

Marsh Marigolds. An impressive patch of these sunny yellow flowers borders the bridge that cuts through the heart of a hardwood swamp.

Marsh Marigold

Great Blue Heron. It was a good day for rookery spotting with at least three of the nests containing nesting birds.

Great Blue Heron. This bird is well concealed. Look for the orange bill near the top of the nest.

Great Blue Heron. This is the third nesting bird.

Great Blue Heron. One more look at the first bird before moving on.

Wild Strawberry. I always find these delightful, perhaps because I love the domesticated variety!