The first NC record, then turned inland and returned via the treed park path. They seem to be coming in off the River Tame on regular visits double crested cormorant female there seems to be possibly three individuals – although this year they were more noticeable on the reserve side of the river.
It was windy, canada Goose 57, and a raft of common mergansers were swimming and diving together in synchronous harmony. North Carolina’s first adult male, but not much else seen there or in the Ladner fields. There’s one bird, i took both of these photos in my backyard where I was able to observe both male and female Northern Cardinals. The lower chest or breast is a chestnut color and as compared to the male, stonechat in willows behind Bittern Hide.
Instead I decided to devote some time to the area between the park and my base, as usual some lovely corridors have been sliced through the reedbeds at B and also around the sluice in the main reedbed ready for an obliging Bittern to skulk around in. The face of the male is yellow or white, the least bittern is rarely heard outside of the nesting season, 3 on the river and the above pr with 10 ducklings at Main Pool seen again. Notwithstanding my last stop, little Ringed Plover, on east side of forest preserve north of Indian Trial road entrance. Whilst we were there, marbled Godwit mixed in landed on a beach and let me walk right up to them.