There was a large group today for the last session of the current cycle - Tony, Nina,Tony called the latter in for a brief view. We photographed the squirrels and chipmunks in the relatively low light using high ISO - the results were not spectacular. We also tried to photograph some silhouetted leaves with a sunny background on a tree trunk ; it's a lot tougher than it looks.
, Paula, Bob, Heather, Ron, Roger and me. Michael, Lorraine and Paula were new to me, but were obviously experienced, having birded in the tropics, Lorraine , etc. Florida
We heard some Common Ravens and Ovenbirds, but did not see them. We saw a perched corvid, which turned out to be an American Crow. A Killdeer flew over calling it's name. Nina also heard a Swamp Sparrow and spotted it perched nicely for us on a dead snag. We also saw a male Common Yellowthroat.
Two or three of them responded and came in close.
We photographed a beautiful Ebony Jewelwing. We had some Mourning Doves, then a Killdeer at the next stretch of boardwalk. A sharp-shinned Hawk flew over very high up.
I heard a Field Sparrow right away, but we only got distant sightings. A White-throated Sparrow was more cooperative.
We spent quite a bit of time photographing the wild flowers including an Ox-eye Daisy with spider on it. At the back of the trail, we saw a Ruby-throated Hummingbird perched in a dead tree and several Northern Leopard Frogs.