- First daytime American Woodcock I've ever seen at the corridor.
- First-of-spring Great Blue Herons & Hermit Thrush.
- Several hop-scratching Fox Sparrows.
- Singing Winter Wrens.
You'll notice the shallow focal depth due to my close proximity to the birds. For over an hour, in groups of 10 to 20 individuals at a time, the waxwings cycled through roosting, eating, drinking, and occasionally bathing. While I was busy with the waxwings, an American Robin flew in and perched on a small stump close by:
On my way home on Saturday, I came across a Sandhill Crane foraging in one of the agricultural fields adjacent to the conservancy. Digiscoping from my car, it kept coming closer, and closer, until I gave up trying to get an image of the entire bird. Actually, I think the body shot shows wonderful texture and color:
Location: Pheasant Branch
Observation date: 3/26/11 & 3/27/11
Number of species: 47
Great Blue Heron
Great Horned Owl
American Tree Sparrow
All images © 2011 Mike McDowell