Interesting day - started out sunny, but I had workmen coming and yard work to do, so I only was able to go on a short mornng hike. In the afternoon, it was overcast, but I was able to go on a longer hike, and had a few surprises.
I ended up seeing 30 avian species, and two of them were unexpected - a pair of Spotted Sandpipers flying over Lake Monocan - a few days early for them to be here, and a late season Yellow-bellied Sapsucker. Also had a close encounter with a Black Ratsnake. We now have an Eastern Phoebe nest under our deck, and it is good to see them catching bugs in our yard.
Here's what I saw today: some Song, Chipping, and Field Sparrows, and lots of White-throated Sparrows; Cardinals, Eastern Towhees; Eastern Phoebes; Eastern Bluebirds, Blue Jays, American Crows; Black Vulture; Canada Geese; Spotted Sandpipers; Kingfisher; Wood Ducks; Red-winged Blackbirds; Carolina Chickadees; Carolina Wrens; Tufted Titmice; Robins; Great Blue Heron; Yellow-rumped Warblers; Palm Warblers; Pileated and Red-bellied Woodpeckers; Flickers; Yellow-bellied Sapsucker; American Goldfinches; Ruby-crowned Kinglet; and a Red-shouldered Hawk.
Canada Goose on her nest
I got a couple of shots of a small bird that I thought was a Yellow-rumped Warbler, but I don't see any yellow on it, and it's too early for juveniles. Any help with the ID would be appreciated.