Nesting on lightpole, above soccer field. Mate also seen. Mobbed by crows.
Flying high. A bit odd-looking for a juvenile bald eagle or red-tailed hawk.
Still nesting at same spot as seen last visit.
Also known as European Yellow Iris. Exotic but pretty, and quite abundant along Kenilworth's pond walkways.
first flower seen this year? Several more seen. No lotus yet. Note that Kenilworth is a National Park, but one of the purposes is to cultivate water plants, so this may be/likely is an introduced species.
Immature red-winged blackbird, or female?
Small red spot on shoulder, and some amount of orange on face and neck (which was confusing for the ID). In a cypress.
Heron fishing plenty of crawfish from the Kenilworth ponds.
First time to see a muskrat at Kenilworth, although we're told it's common to see them there. Ended up seeing at least three different individuals by the end of the day. Surprisingly active, and although not unwary of people, they were fairly calm. First seen out of water, on middle walkway, grazing.
This was the highest hunting success rate I've ever seen for a great blue heron. More than half of all strikes seemed to end up with a crawfish or sunfish. Pretty neat to watch. These shallow ponds must be crawling with food.
Breeding plumage. White eye ring, and dark rear extends down center of white tail.
Among the tens of Canada geese seen at garden today, only one pair with gosslings seen. Three gosslings.
Not 100% certain of ID
Yellow wash visible on belly
Medium-sized tree off walkway.
Beaver must be hungry at Kenilworth--it's eating the walkway!
Hmmm, some sort of warbler? No good shot of back. But looks fairly non-descript.
Covered in mud. Same pond as I saw one last visit to Kenilworth.
Seen in 2011 as well.
Surprisingly challenging to photograph today.
More than a few crows around the garden this morning.
Foraging over water. Finally saw one land, and then another dive-bombed it for a cool action shot.
Not 100% certain of ID.
Two seen--one chasing the other. One male in striking breeding plumage, other is a female or non-breeding male?