Bird species spotted (and heard) include: Tennessee warblers, Magnolia Warblers, Gray catbirds, Philadelphia vireo, Swainson's thrush, chestnut sided warbler, brown headed cowbird, rose breasted grosbeak, red-bellied woodpecker, nuthatch, robins, and an American cardinal.
Leona gave this helpful hint to those new to birding: To best see a bird with your binoculars, first get the bird in your sight then while keeping watch of the bird, raise your binoculars up to your eyes to see the bird through the binoculars.
I am not guaranteeing I have the photos captioned correctly until I receive confirmation from Leona or more knowledgeable folks than me. I did realize that I would need a better lens for my camera to get better shots of the birds. I did find if I enlarged the photo on my computer to 200% I could scan through to locate the bird in each image.
|Robin holding nesting material for all to see|
|looking south from the Route 96 trail head|
|Betsy showing Thomas the Common Yellowthroat warbler who has a black mask and sings, "witchety, withcety,witchety"|
|approaching the first bridge on our walk|
|same photo as below - wider view|
|Thomas was very intrigued by the water|
|Nuthatch coming from its hole|
|nuthatch - (not at all camera shy)|
|Red bellied woodpecker|
|listening and watching for birds|
|cowbirds on the left, rose breasted grosbeak on the right|
|rose breasted grosbeak|
|Perfect sunny morning|
|High waters evident along trail on both sides - even waterfalls|
|and debris across the trail|
|goldfinch in flight|
|fast in flight|
|I loved that everyone was looking up for birds as Thomas was checking things out down on the ground|
|Chestnut sided warbler|
|Squirrel seen as we headed to out to our visit of the Fellenz Family Farm|