Monday, May 2, 2011

Good Day Sunshine!

Ok, so there were no life birds to add to the list yesterday but there was, sunshine!!
It’s been months since Kim and I had been out together to do any birding mostly due to weather, so we put our faith in the weatherman and planned to head out to Reifel. We were not to be disappointed, the sun shone bright and the temperatures quite mild.
Most the usual suspects were there to great us along with some seasonal favourites and  a pair of Sandhill cranes who have nested and laid two eggs. Last year, the cranes successfully hatched and raised one of the eggs and today the young colt blends right in with the adults. One can only hope for at least the same outcome this year.
Here is a photographic diary of our day in the sun!
_MG_3789 Tree Swallows
_MG_3773 Black-capped Chickadee
_MG_3777Yellow-rumped Warbler
_MG_4053  Red-wing Blackbird (female)
_MG_3905 _MG_3915 Momma Crane on her nest
_MG_3969 _MG_3843 Gadwall
_MG_4000 Lesser Yellowlegs
_MG_3882 _MG_3885 Cackling Goose
_MG_3813 An uncooperative Marsh Wren
_MG_3959 Green-wing Teal
_MG_4023 Canada Geese
_MG_4037 A pair of feathered rats..oops I mean Pigeons ;-)
I took some time to admire some lovely spring blooms while Kim followed the hums of a Rufous Hummingbird.
The rains have returned today and I am stuck inside these four walls with fingers crossed I will get out again soon. Until then, I have my backyard birds to keep me happy.
Look who’s back in town…….



  1. So glad you aere blogging again! I've missed your wonderful posts. Looks like you and Kim had terrific outing to Reifel. So many beautiful sightings. I am especially fond of the the Tree Swallow, Green-winged Teal and mama Sandhill Crane images, though all the photographs are terrific.

  2. Robbie, Wow, you guys had a great day! I think I must have walked right past the Sandies nest! I haven't seen any Yellowlegs yet this year, or the warbler!
    I hoping to get there sometime this week, hopefully Wed.

    Great post!

  3. Wonderful post! So glad you were able to get out together and have such a great photo/bird day!

  4. Wonderful detail in all your photos. Love the birdie feeding in your hand! I look forward to your posts :)

  5. looks to me like you and Kim had a 'bird-e-full' day!..great photos as always, Robbie!!

  6. Hope the cranes do well. Great pics! :)

  7. Wonderful photos! I love the last one. I'm jealous. The finches are ignoring my feeder.

  8. Wonderful post Robbie, great photos! Sweet Sandhill Crane on the nest :)

  9. Looks like you and Kim had some great fun and awesome birding, Robbie. Sweet!

  10. Fantastic series of shots, Robbie! You saw quite a variety of birds that day...hooray for you!!