Worm-eating Warbler

Worm-eating Warbler

Worm-eating Warbler

Naturally I was up early on black friday, but rather than shopping I was chasing this rarity!
I got a call from Coen at the end of the day on Thanksgiving, saying that he had spotted this bird which is quite unusual for our area, and especially for this time of year!
This morning my folks and I headed over early to check it out.  It showed up right on cue!
It was quite a dreary misty day, which is also unusual for our area.  The bird checked us out for a minute and flew away, and then came back about 10 minutes later for another look, before flying away for good.  Hopefully it will be back later in the day as I’m guessing more locals will want a look!

Thanks to Coen and Brenda for calling me about this bird, and also to the Wilsons who are hosting the bird in their yard and allowing people to get a look!

Redlands area, Mesa County, Colorado.

Lifelist #327

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Swamp Sparrow

Swamp Sparrow

Swamp Sparrow

After a bit of a walk, we got to the habitat for the Swamp Sparrows, and quickly saw quite a few of them.  The area they liked was pretty shady and so I had a hard time getting a good photo, although I got quite a few good looks in my binoculars.

Creve Coeur area, St. Louis County, MO.

Lifelist #326

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Eastern Bluebird

Eastern Bluebird

Eastern Bluebird

Just after the Field Sparrow, we spotted several Eastern Bluebirds on the wires above the trail.  The adults flew away before we got near, but a few younger birds let us get much closer!

Creve Coeur area, St. Louis County, MO.

Lifelist #325

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Field Sparrow

Field Sparrow

Field Sparrow

After finding the Meadowlarks, we took a walk in a nearby area with nice habitat for sparrows.  Right away we saw quite a variety and within just a few minutes a new one for me popped out, this Field Sparrow.  It was pretty shy so I wasn’t able to get a great shot, and we moved on in search of a Swamp Sparrow.

Creve Coeur area, St. Louis County, MO.

Lifelist #324

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Eastern Meadowlark

Eastern Meadowlark

Eastern Meadowlark

First thing in the morning, I met my second birding accomplice, Pat, who was planing to show me around near the Creve Couer area first and then other areas later in the day.  We started by looking for Eastern Meadowlark in the fields near where we met at River Valley Dr off of HWY 364.  We heard them right away and then saw some but they were all quite distant.  They blended in to their surroundings so well that I often didn’t find them until they flew.  Finally I got a shot of this individual after hearing it’s call, and then picking it out!

Creve Coeur area, St. Louis County, MO.

Lifelist #323

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Eurasian Tree Sparrow

Eurasian Tree Sparrow

Eurasian Tree Sparrow

After spending the day down at Riverlands, Al said he had a sure spot for Eurasian Tree Sparrow, so we visited a friend of his named Paul’s house.  Sure enough, as soon as I stepped in, I could see one out the back window!  We stayed for a while and watched the tree sparrow and several other birds feeding, and chatted about birding.  Paul was quite an interesting guy, and I had a good time chatting with both of them and seeing Paul’s photos from around the world.  I also found out later that Paul was one of the authors of the “Birds of the St. Louis Area” book that I had read prior to my trip!

Paul’s House, St. Louis County, MO.

Lifelist #322

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Red-shouldered Hawk

Red-shouldered Hawk

Red-shouldered Hawk

Just after the Black Duck, Al spotted this hawk sitting in a low area 50 yards or so from the road.  I had enough time to snap off a few quick shots before it flew and dove behind some brush.  Unfortunately my camera was still set to the settings I had used for the dark duck on the bright lake, and so the hawk got overexposed!

Riverlands, St. Charles County, MO.

LIfelist #321

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American Black Duck

American Black Duck

American Black Duck

We were scanning a large pond at Riverlands and spotted this duck.  Al let me put my 7D onto his 500mm lens with the 1.4x extender to try to get a shot, because it was way to far away for my 300mm.  Even with the 500, it was pretty tiny, but the shot came out good enough to see the bird.

It was raining so I took the shot from under the hatch of his minivan to keep my camera gear out of the rain!

Riverlands, St. Charles County, MO.

Lifelist #320

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Pectoral Sandpiper

Pectoral Sandpiper

Pectoral Sandpiper

This afternoon, Lee called my parents, who passed word on to me, of a possible Pectoral Sandpiper at the Blue Heron Pond across the Colorado River from Connected Lakes.  I hopped in the car immediately and the bird was there when I arrived.  We got some good looks through the scope, and then I approached to try for a photo.  The bird wasn’t worried about me at all so I got a few shots!

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Lifelist #319

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Black-and-white Warbler

Black-and-White Warbler

Black-and-white Warbler

Not the best photo, but an awesome bird for Western Colorado.  Spotted on the Ouray bird count.  First county record for Ouray County.

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Lifelist #318

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