Tis the season .... lalalalala....
and folks, wishes do come tru to those who believe!
For the past 3 weeks I had been reading about reports of two beautiful birds making repeated appearances on the east coast and I was delighted to get a chance to set my eyes on them, so with a little detour on our way to visit family, we made a stop at: Markham Park.
As soon as we pulled up in the parking lot I could see birders heading away from the reported area toward their cars and I thought to myself....this can't be good.....I asked about the Western Spindalis and was told that he flew into the dog park. The Spot-breasted Orioles were still hanging around and I spent some time admiring them.
|Wow - what a bright burst! This was my first time seeing this bird, what a beauty!|
|After a bit the Orioles left so I ventured into the Nature trail where I spotted several Blue-gray Gnatcatchers.|
|A few Prairies were around too - seeking cover from the wind.....soon I was itching to return to the flowering tree where I hoped the Spindalis and Orioles had returned.|
A group of them were back feasting on bugs nestled within those blooms - quite entertaining to watch those little acrobats.
|I can see why they are called Spot-breasted Oriole even though my brain keeps calling them Black-spotted!!|
|Someone shouted: There! In the Cypress tree.|
|There! Meet the Western Spindalis.|
|What a beauty! Would you drive 250 miles for this bird?|
|I will remember this day - this is really special - I smiled so much that my face was hurting and a headache was brewing - but it was so worth it.|
|The Spindalis left after a bit and I revisited the Butterfly Garden.|
|A lady Painted Bunting|
|Blooms, butterfly and Aphids - a ladybug is needed.|
|And a bird of question - after searching in my books and asking my birding friends - this bird turned out to be a Ruby-crowned Kinglet.|
|The wild wild world of birds always brings a little mystery to the mix - all we need are clues which leads us to the answers.....|
|This bird gave me enough clues - a Northern Parula.|
|After birding for a few hours - we explored this large park and found a lovely shady spot to have lunch by the water side. If you even find yourself in that area I would highly recommend a visit....this park has it all: dog park, nature trail, playground, tennis, racquetball, marina, bike trail, picnic shelterssss, target range, model airplane field, campground and plenty of restrooms. Free entrance during the week and I think it's 1.50/car during the weekend. I had a good time watching birds and tallied up 39 species, my E-bird List for that beautiful day.|