Friday, August 8, 2008

Gabriel Dumont Park

Last week I spent a few hours hiking around Gabriel Dumont Park.
This park is absolutely gorgeous right now and many flowers are in bloom.
Every other shrub or tree has fruit on it, while on the ground, Alfalfa and other native plants have been left to grow, attracting Butterflies and insects.
Most of the birds in the park have had their babies, and there are several different species to be found, although the mainstays are the Catbirds and both Clay-colored and Song Sparrows.
A few things of note were 4 Spotted Sandpipers , a Greater Yellowlegs that appeared to have only one leg (so I guess he will now be called Greater Yellowleg), a young Pied-billed Grebe, a female Common Merganser, a few juvenile Franklin's Gulls and a lone 1st year Herring Gull.
Other birds seen included American Goldfinch , Least Flycatcher ,Brown Thrasher ,Swainson's Hawk , Red-eyed Vireo and Cedar Waxwing.

I took many photos , so there will be a follow up to this post...

As usual all photos are clickable to see them full size .

Least Flycatcher :

Red-eyed Vireo :

Wood Nymph :

Yellow Warbler :

Spotted Sandpiper :

Clay-colored Sparrow - complete with mouthfull of Green Aphids to feed its young :


Shelley said...

Loved the sandpiper photo with him about to take another step on the rock. The yellow warbler posed very nicely for you!

Rocky M said...

Gorgeous photos as usual my friend !
I really love the Yellow Warbler and Red eyed Vireo.


John Theberge said...

All great photographs, I love the sandpiper photo with its foot in the air.

Nick S said...

Thanks for the kind words guys :-)

Barbie ♥ said...

What a bunch of awesome pictures, Nick! I don't think I've seen any red-eyed vireo that 'nailed' the red eye as well as you have in this shot!
And the Yellow warbler - such a neat and different pose - and I LOVE that first little fella!

The Birdlady said...

As always Nick, I could not possibly shoose a favorite - they are so wonderful!

Nick S said...

Thanks very much ladies, you're very kind :-)

2sweetnsaxy said...

Excellent photos! I'm so glad you mentioned those were aphids in its mouth. I was trying to figure out what that was. :-D

Nick S said...

haha thanks :-)