CUTLER CITY WETLANDS TRAILS, always fun, yielded some special birds.
A hawk dipped and swooped through the wooded branches, apparently chasing some AMERICAN ROBINS. I was unsure of its identity, but after some help believe it was a juvenile RED-SHOULDERED HAWK. Didn't get great pictures through the dappled shadows, but you can see it somewhat in this cropped, photo-shopped attempt.
A couple of YELLOWJACKET hives were a fun find, this very active one is attached to the side of a large tree.
WILSON'S WARBLERS still abound in all the areas I visited, including this noisy one that greeted me by the Wetland's Turtle Lake.
We saw mixed flocks of BLACK-CAPPED and CHESTNUT-BACKED CHICKADEES. While I was trying to get a photograph of some, this BEWICK'S WREN snuck up behind me. Fortunately, my hubby saw him and we got a few photos.
Activity in some fir trees yielded this view of a GREAT BLUE HERON perched high in the branches.
|Great Blue Heron|
Some low activity in the bushes allowed us to spot and photograph a young SWAINSON'S THRUSH with unusual markings.
Glad to be back birding and blogging! Stay tuned for more August Activity posts!