Here are some new photos taken along the riverbank this month ...
Common Yellowthroat - These are often heard and not seen, or remain hidden in the reeds by water. This one came out to investigate me as I did my best to mimic its call:
Mourning Dove - I found a pair of these resting on a boulder, sunning themselves. One took off while the other stayed behind:
Brown Thrasher - This juvenile does not yet have the distinctive yellow eye of the adult birds. There are many youngsters around right now, along the river:
American Goldfinch - this handsome male came down for a drink:
Eastern Kingbird - A common bird along the river. This juvenile was hawking flies from its perch:
Clay-colored Sparrow - The most common Sparrow along the river this summer. If anyone knows what the bean-like shrub is, I'd like to know :-)
Thirteen-lined Ground Squirrel - This is the third species of ground squirrel I've photographed along the river this year. I usually only find our most common , the Richardson's, so this was a pleasant surprise: