Could today be the third day in a row of great birding? I awoke to clear skies with only a few clouds, and when I left my house at 8:10 the sun was shining. Two miles and five minutes later the skies had clouded over, and 10 mintues later, as I approached the trail, it started to drizzle. For the next 2-1/2 hours there was intermittent drizzle with a few brief moments of sunshine. At one point I saw an entire rainbow from end to end over the trail. I wonder if there was a flock of Golden Eagles at one end of the rainbow and a flock of Golden-winged Warblers at the other end. : - )
My camera lens was too long to capture all but a small part of the rainbow.
Rainbow over the Glenthorne Loop Trail
Seeing birds was a challenge today, as I spent a lot of time covering my camera and waiting under tree cover for the drizzle to stop each time. However, I ended up with 29 species. The only warbler I saw was an American Redstart, but I heard a Northern Parula in the bog area.
Black and Turkey Vultures
Field Sparrow with a white collar
I wonder what this Carolina Chickadee did with it?
Juvenile Northern Cardinal
I saw a male Scarlet Tanager in molt, but it could be a female Summer Tanager. All opinions are appreciated. As soon as I left the trail to head home, the sun came out, and the rest of the day was cool and sunny.
This morning's list (29 species):