I hiked the trail from about 10:30 until noon this morning. My primary goal was to try to re-locate the Eastern Kingbird that I had photographed on the trail last May 14th. My trip to Texas plus rain every day for about a week has kept me away from going back there. The Kingbird had a yellow wash on its underside, and I wanted to see if the coloring was an illumination effect, or much less likely, a hybrid Eastern/Western Kingbird. I only saw one Kingbid on the trail this morning, and this one clearly did not have any yellow coloring on it. I ended up logging 24 usual summer avian residents.
Eastern Kingbird: (left) stalking a fly; (right) returning to its perch
Male Orchard Oriole
Female Orchard Oriole
The Yellow-breasted Chat was singing as usual along Reids Creek to the north of the bog area, and I watched it land in a tree and preen itself.
There were Common Yellowthroats along Reids Creek and on the upstream trail, but I wasn't able to get any photos of them.
This morning's list:
Great Blue Heron
Northern Rough-winged Swallow