Along with the Lingering Ducks and Shorebirds the last few weeks there has been an infusion of songbirds. Leaves are finally out in spite of late frosts and drought, and there are green shoots rising through last year’s dead cattail beds at Spring Canyon, but the grass is still dormant everywhere except in well-watered lawns. We’ve had storms all around us, but barely a trace at the lake.
Here’s a few photos of the songbirds that have arrived in the last 6 weeks or so.
Northern Mockingbird (actually a year round bird but very noticeable in the last few weeks with all the singing and skylarking)
Another flycatcher, this one is a Western Kingbird. They are also very argumentative with each other and sound a bit like the Scissor-tailed Flycatchers.
A third flycatcher I’ve seen in the last few weeks is this Ash-throated Flycatcher.
This is a Yellow-rumped Warbler. It’s a variety call Audubon’s. There’s also a Myrtle variety that has a white throat that I posted earlier this spring.
This is the female Bullock’s Oriole
There are always dozens if not hundreds of Red-winged Blackbirds around the lake. It you go to northern Hutchinson Co. where there are wheat and milo fields you’ll see thousands of them swarming the fields.
Painted Bunting female. The males are very colorful (you can see photos of them in the galleries) but the females are quite striking in their own way.
Rock Wren. One of my favorites, real loud-mouths, and easy to photograph because they like to sing from an exposed place like posts or rocks. Love the way they bob up and down as they sing.
Redheaded Woodpeckers arrive in late spring and stay the summer.
So do Mississippi Kites.
This is a Red-tailed Hawk’s nest with three chicks in it. Sorry the photos aren’t that great but I didn’t want to ge so close that I disturbed the feeding schedule. I’m not sure if both adults help feed them but I’ve only seen one adult at a time there and it appears to be the same bird. She seems pretty overworked.