More signs of spring

April 05, 2015  •  Leave a Comment

Last weekend a few spring migrants had started to arrive. This weekend, a few more, notably Black-and-white Warbler (a fine male, below), as well as a handful of Yellow-rumped Warbers, Tree Swallow, Rough-winged Swallow and more Eastern Phoebes.

Black-and-white Warbler, Kenilworth Aquatic Gardens, Washington DCBlack-and-white Warbler, Kenilworth Aquatic Gardens, Washington DC1/400 @ f/6.3, ISO 500

Red-winged Blackbirds have been back for a while.

Red-winged Blackbird, Kenilworth Aquatic Gardens, Washington DCRed-winged Blackbird, Kenilworth Aquatic Gardens, Washington DC1/640 @ f/6.3, ISO 500

Rusty Blackbirds (3), tricky to find in DC, were foraging in a pond by the Visitor Centre.

Rusty Blackbird, Washington DCRusty Blackbird, Kenilworth Aquatic Gardens, Washington DC1/160 @ f/5.6, ISO 500

Most of the rusty feather edges have worn by spring, but in the right light this individual still shows a few.

Rusty Blackbird, Washington DCRusty Blackbird, Kenilworth Aquatic Gardens, Washington DC1/320 @ f/6.3, ISO 500

Of additional note were a pair of Blue-winged Teal on the ponds, a pair of Wood Duck and 3 Goosander (Common Merganser) from the end of the Marsh Board walk, and 4 Purple Finches (3 females and 1 male) near the Visitor Centre.


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