Saturday, July 18, 2009

Birding at the Shellpot Creek Wildlife refuge

These past weeks have seen the return of two of my favorite bird species to the Shellpot Creek.

This short tailed hawk was in the front yard with its catch. The catch looked like a morning dove but it was hard to see. The photograph is from far away and I wish that I had video of it flying away instead of just the picture. We have seen hawks in the front yard before (one, two).

As usual the white herons still like that one spot on the creek where the larger fish congregate. I will have to try to get video of one these flying up the creek as well. We usually see several white herons a year on the creek (an earlier visit, another visit). They seem to like the morning and the fish.

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