I started the day with the normal dog walk around Lemon Hill. I brought the camera along just in case a bird or two posed for me which they did. The first was a Goldfinch - a very common bird but this one was lit up by the morning sun so I had to take a photo.Notice how gold he is now. Some of the Goldfinches at my house are still dull and mottled, not quite gold like this guy.
The next bird that posed was a Pine Warbler - in a pine tree, how convenient for identification.
As I was headed back to the car, I ran into this Blue-gray Gnatcatcher - almost literally. This bird was bouncing around in the bushes pretty low and right next to the path. I shot about 100 photos and none came out very good. These tiny birds never stop moving which makes them difficult to get in focus (no excuse, a good photographer can get great shots of a bird that comes this close).
I headed down to the shore after work to chase after a Swallow-tailed Kite which I didn't see but I did get to see a few First of Year birds including Blue Grosbeak and Blue-headed Vireo which was nice. Here is Blue Grosbeak showing his, well, big beak.
This is one of 4 Blue-headed Vireos that I saw feeding in the trees at Cox Hall Creek. I have never seen this kind of bird in a flock before. I love the spectacles on these birds.
Headed down to Higbee at the crack of dawn tomorrow morning to see if the wind blows anything else in.