I just spent an enjoyable weekend at Candle Lake where I added to my year list a Blue-headed Vireo, a Red-eyed Vireo, 2 Bay-breasted Warblers and an American Redstart , putting my current tally at 210 species seen so far in 2009.
It really has been a slow spring though with only a handfull of Warbler species up north with more still to arrive.
Cape May Warbler's were quite numerous up at Candle , with Yellow-rumps, Tennessee , Redstart, Ovenbird and the Bay-breasted being the only other representatives.
I did find other nice species though such as Pileated Woodpecker, Veery & Northern Goshawk.
So, photos are building up all the time !
Here is a new variety of pics taken over the past few weeks...
Semipalmated Plover - This little plover was foraging near Goose Lake on the day of our May bird count :
Bay-breasted Warbler - From Candle Lake last weekend , not the ideal view, but this is often how I see these Warblers , high in the tree canopy :
Belted Kingfisher - Here's the Kingfisher found on our bird count :
Vesper Sparrow - This was taken near town on a quiet country road :
American Golden Plover - One of a group of these handsome birds found on our recent bird count :
Eastern Phoebe - This bird was gathering nesting material at the southern Nisbet Forest a few weeks ago :
House Finch - A breeding male from the backyard :
Northern Rough-winged Swallow - A species I haven't photographed before, I found this bird perched high along the riverbank during some strong winds last week :
Yellow-bellied Sapsucker - This woodpecker was drinking sap from a tree in a local park last month. You can see the freshly made holes in the tree on the left of the photo :