Barbara's friend Jim offered to show us, Tony & Nina where he had seen American Woodcock on the nest, using his dogs to point. So we met at at the east end location.
The dogs were eager to strut their stuff, and bounded ahead of us.
Then an American Woodcock flushed to the left directly into the sun. We plunged through puddles to the back of the area. Our next find was a pair of Brown-headed Cowbirds. We saw a colourful group of American Goldfinches.
Then Tony heard Rusty Blackbirds, and we located them in dense bush. Alas no photos possible. Then he saw a couple of Racoons up a tree - a lifer for Nina! A Mourning Dove was more cooperative for the photographers.
But the question remains - which shrike was it? Nina saw an American Kestrel and Tony saw a Common Redpoll, and at the parking lot, a male House Finch.
We then hiked back to the car. There were lots of birds! Dark-eyed Juncos and American Robins were everywhere. I spotted a female Northern Harrier near my turn around spot. We sat on a fallen log and ate our lunch. We heard a Wood Frog calling in an ephemeral pond, and with a lot of luck, managed to find and photograph it.
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