Sunday, June 30, 2013



Saturday, June 29, 2013

Rusty Blackbird

yesterday i got this most amazing shot of a rusty blackbird

Saturday, June 8, 2013

Bank Swallow

i think this is  a bank swallow.

Tree Swallow

 June 2 2013
 a few weeks ago several swallows came to the yard, some tree swallows and at least 2 bank swallows.
On June 2nd the tree swallows checking out the nest boxes, and the bank swallows the eaves.
and June 7 a pair of tree swallows as left, one seen to collect nest material and bringing it to the nest box.

This morning June 8 i saw them mating.

Saturday, June 1, 2013

Long-billed Dowitcher

Mendenhall Landing
May 24 2013

jumping forward

a Horned Grebe
911-pond, may 18 2013
according to Stokes, it tends to jump forward before diving in the water

Red-necked Grebe

May 18 2013
911 pond

Red-winged blackbird

June 28 ,2013
meadow to the east of 911-pond

To me the most beautiful birdsong is that of the Red-winged Blackbird. Mind you i am not very good at identifying birds by there song.
But I love it when i walk into the marshes and here the clear song of this bird.
And i sat on a dry knoll in the swamp to wait for it to make an appearance, and it did. it failed to show it's red wingspot underneath the yellow one, but there is always a next time.

May 18 2013
Mendenhall Meadows