It had been 4 months since my last visit at Harns Marsh - way too long. We got an early start today with the hopes of seeing a King Rail that has been reported to have been there, a few folks from the club heard it but no one saw it. However as birding goes, there is never a bad day while birding and today was no exception, come along and see.
|The sun was about to rise and we could see many ducks species - a few Ring-necked Ducks are always a pretty sight.|
|A few Sandhill Cranes flew overhead while belting out their lovely chorus.|
|The star of the day - a Snail Kite. He gave us some great looks while he flew and dove down for succulent snails which he carried off to a nearby snag where he savored his hard earned meal.|
|What a nice pair of Ring-necked Duck.|
|A female Snail Kite produced a lively conversation while some of us wondered whether it was a Harrier or not - our books and bird apps came in handy for comparison.|
|A Cattle Egret - the smallest in the Egret family coming in at 20".|
|A pair of Sandhill Cranes with two White Ibis and a Cattle Egret.|
|Along the outer edge of Harns Marsh - some private properties and several horses were observed as well. We were hoping to find the Red-headed Woodpecker which has been seen in the past but today they were nowhere to be found.|
|More chorus going on - I love these guys.|
|A Lesser Yellowleg, a Killdeer, A Least Sandpiper and a Western Sandpiper - what a nice variety!|
|A Glossy Ibis - beautiful in person but difficult to photograph.|
|On the way home we made a quick stop at a member's house, these folks have been setting up bird feeders for years and they are rewarded with yearly returns of beautiful Painted Buntings and American Goldfinch.|
|And this, folks, conclude the birding trip for today....stay tune for more :). My E-Bird List for today at Harns Marsh http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S20660904|
Sorry I can't share where I saw the American Goldfinch and Painted Buntings since it is at someone's private home.