|Eastern Tiger Swallowtail(L)|
and Red-spotted Purple(R)
|Female Orchard Oriole|
Then we spotted a warbler up in this tree, but couldn't seem to ever get a clear picture of this bird. This warbler kept flying from treetop to treetop and we just couldn't get a clear shot of him/her.
Then I spotted a Baltimore Oriole perched on a bare tree branch on the treetop. Only got a few shots of it before he flew away. Another bird of our big year!
Next, I also spotted another bird near the ground perched on a low branch. We both started snapping photos and then realized once it flew away that we both had our cameras set to high and they were too dark. But I did manage to lighten them up and got a good enough photo to identify; Indigo Bunting. Another new bird for the year!
Third, I thought I saw the brightest Northern Cardinal ever, but instead it was a Summer Tanager! New lifer! What a bright bird! He was making calls, very neat to watch.
On our way back to the truck we came across mother Killdeer and her two young Killdeer babies! They are the cutest thing ever! She was tries to act like she has a broke wing; Killdeers do this when they have eggs or young so prey will go after the adult instead of the young. We snapped a few pictures and left her and the young alone.
We now have 253 species this year! Happy Birding!!