We then went inside and got a map and saw some recent sightings; the Black-bellied Whistling Duck was on there! We headed down the pathway and found a spot to park the truck. It was hot and humid with little wind; not exactly preferred conditions but better than rain! We could head all kinds of birds and there was just a ton of butterflies and dragonflies all over the place!
We spotted Northern Shovelers, American Coots, Blue-winged Teals, and Red-winged Blackbirds. Nothing new so far. We walked a little more around the next pond and spotted some Black-crowned Night Herons and Green Herons flying away.
|Female Blue-winged Teal|
Then we finally stopped something new! A small flycatcher was flying around in a tree, we identified him/her as Least Flycatcher. Moving on and happy to be getting a new year bird. As we walked down the path some more we caught sight of a few insects. I hope you don't mind me sharing my insect photos.
|The hole they were in.|
|The release of the green one was great!|
|This one didn't swim away:( But|
we splashed water on him.
|Hopefully he makes it!|
We made our way to the visitor center and reported the turtle rescue! They said they would look into it the next day. I sure hope they did!
After leaving the visitor center we decided to check around the grounds for hummingbirds. We heard a bird calling from the tree top and were searching and I spotted it! That usually doesn't happen, Simon usually spots them first. It was very noisy and it turned out to be a Long-billed Thrasher! Bird #4 for the day!
We checked out the trail behind the Visitor Center but that turned up nothing just birds we already have this year; Verdin, Black-throated Hummingbird, and Red-winged Blackbird. We are now up to 242 and we are heading eastward hopefully we will pick up some more warbler among others!