Spent a couple of hours in the Arboretum for the exercise and also because it’s “my day” to take pictures for the Year in the Arboretum project today. Glad we went … we were supposed to have rain this morning but instead we had cooler weather with sunshine. Ottawa – not far away – had a major storm last night and a front clearly passed through and seems to have brought some good birds with it.
Ruby-crowned Kinglets, White-throated Sparrows, Chipping Sparrows, Song Sparrow, Fox Sparrow, Rose-breasted Grosbeak (or was it a Purple Finch? Acute angle, high up in a tree, parts of the anatomy rarely seen on display), AmCrows, Chickadees, Downy Woodpecker, WBNuthatch, Turkey Vulture, Northern cardinals, northern Flickers (very noisy), Blue Jay, DEJuncos, AmRobins … and so on and so forth. Some interesting butterflies as well and plenty of early forest flowers.
Things are starting to get interesting again – here are some pictures, nothing of show quality but they record some of the birds seen anyway.