. 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.
. An impressive patch of these sunny yellow flowers borders the bridge that cuts through the heart of a hardwood swamp.
. It was a good day for rookery spotting with at least three of the nests containing nesting birds.
. This bird is well concealed. Look for the orange bill near the top of the nest.
. This is the third nesting bird.
. One more look at the first bird before moving on.
. I always find these delightful, perhaps because I love the domesticated variety!