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Recent Birds - early June 2013

Posted by birder on Thursday, June 6, 2013
On June 1st, I was walking in Richmond, and I managed to see and photograph a few birds. The first photos of the afternoon were of these Yellow-rumped Warblers. The adult bird was feeding the young one:

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Not far from the warblers I heard many American Robins and Red-winged Blackbirds alarming. Sure enough, there was a Red-tailed Hawk perched in a tree. Note that the lower mandible (lower beak) appears to be deformed.

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The highlight of the day wasn't until later when I heard a "hoo hoo" coming from a group of trees. It was clear that there was a Great Horned Owl in the trees somewhere, and soon I managed to find the bird and get some photos:

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The owl was a great way to wrap up the day!



On June 2nd, I went to Stanley Park. Many birds were around, as usual. When I arrived at Lost Lagoon, I saw a large bird a prey sitting on one of the logs on the lagoon. It was an adult Bald Eagle. I took some shots. The water droplets in this photo are from the fountain that is on the lagoon.

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I now heard the buzzing call of a Cedar Waxwing, and sure enough there was a bird sitting on the top of a tree providing me with my first decent shots of this species from this season:

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I walked some more and came across this Wood Duck family on the lagoon:

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More walking turned up this Great Blue Heron. When I was taking photos of it, it successfully caught a fish.

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I now headed to Beaver Lake. Even though at this time of year I usually go to Beaver Lake for songbirds, today, the birds I photographed were waterbirds like this male Northern Shoveler that was sleeping in the grass:

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Last year, Pied-billed Grebes nested on Beaver Lake, and even though I hadn't seen the chicks yet this year, I had heard that they were nesting again. A scan of the lake turned up one chick with an adult, but there may have been more because the light was harsh and the grebes camouflage really well on the lake. Here are two photos, one of the young grebe and one of the adult:

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One family of birds that I really love to photograph are woodpeckers, and there is a nest in Stanley Park of Red-breasted Sapsuckers that I know of. When I was in the park, I witnessed the changing of guard twice at the nest. The pair of sapsucker's don't have chicks yet but it seems they have eggs. Here is a photo of one of the birds outside it's cavity:

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It has been great early June of birding. Thanks for looking!



 

 

 

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