6 1/2 Station Road Sanctuary, 10/17 & 10/19

Two Great Egret perch facing into the wind on Friday night. 6 1/2 Station Road Sanctuary, 10/17/14.
Two Great Egret perch facing into the wind on Friday night. 6 1/2 Station Road Sanctuary, 10/17/14.

I made it out to 6 1/2 Station Road Sanctuary a couple of times over the weekend – Friday after work and then again on Sunday evening. My visits continue to be very enjoyable; I’m not finding many new birds, but there are many birds present. I did not do a list on Friday, but tonight in a short visit, I had 35 species. The light has been nice and I have just been enjoying being out and taking some photos. Both visits I spent some time with the very accessible Yellow-rumped Warblers that are present. Tonight it really paid off, as a Blue-headed Vireo suddenly appeared and I was able to get a shot.

Blue-headed Vireo at 6 1/2 Station Road Sanctuary, 10/19/14.
Blue-headed Vireo at 6 1/2 Station Road Sanctuary, 10/19/14.

And of course, the Yellow-rumps gave me plenty of opportunities. I was enjoying trying to get shots of them through all the branches and leaves. Here’s some shots that I liked:

Yellow-rumped Warbler at 6 1/2 Station Road Sanctuary, 10/19/14.
Yellow-rumped Warbler at 6 1/2 Station Road Sanctuary, 10/19/14.
Yellow-rumped Warbler at 6 1/2 Station Road Sanctuary, 10/19/14.
Yellow-rumped Warbler at 6 1/2 Station Road Sanctuary, 10/19/14.
Yellow-rumped Warbler at 6 1/2 Station Road Sanctuary, 10/17/14.
Yellow-rumped Warbler at 6 1/2 Station Road Sanctuary, 10/17/14.

Both Ruby-crowned and Golden-crowned Kinglets were present over the weekend. I had ample opportunity with a Ruby-crowned tonight but I did not get any good photos. I did a little better with a Golden-crowned on Friday:

With just a hint of the crown showing, here's a Golden-crowned Kinglet. 6 1/2 Station Road Sanctuary, 10/19/14.
With just a hint of the crown showing, here’s a Golden-crowned Kinglet. 6 1/2 Station Road Sanctuary, 10/19/14.

Here’s my species list for tonight (10/19//14):

Canada Goose
American Black Duck
Mallard
Blue-winged Teal
Northern Shoveler
Green-winged Teal
Great Blue Heron
Great Egret
Turkey Vulture
Red-tailed Hawk
Killdeer
Greater Yellowlegs
Ring-billed Gull
Red-bellied Woodpecker
Downy Woodpecker
Northern Flicker
Eastern Phoebe
Blue-headed Vireo
Blue Jay
American Crow
Black-capped Chickadee
Tufted Titmouse
Carolina Wren
Golden-crowned Kinglet
Ruby-crowned Kinglet
Eastern Bluebird
American Robin
European Starling
American Pipit
Yellow-rumped Warbler
Field Sparrow
Song Sparrow
White-throated Sparrow
Northern Cardinal
Red-winged Blackbird

6 thoughts on “6 1/2 Station Road Sanctuary, 10/17 & 10/19”

  1. Matt,
    These are fantastic. You are managing to get them to sit still long enough to shoot!!! It seems when I’ve been out lately, everything is flitting around except in my yard.

    Great job as usual.

    Wilma

    1. Thanks Wilma! I took a LOT of photos to get these, just waiting for them to perch where it is somewhat open. It was a lot of fun. Matt

  2. Matt
    I went to the citgo place last night…was really too late when I got there, but………………I love it. It is like a little piece of heaven. There were birds flying everywhere and I could hear hundreds of them in the pampas grass. I can’t wait to got here again!!

    Wilma

  3. Matt,
    With the forecast for Wednesday night of heavy rains and winds out of the north, I think Thursday may be a great day for a fallout. Both waterfowl and shorebirds are good possibilities. Keep it in mind. I will let you know how I am making out up here. Lets keep our fingers crossed. John

    1. Yes John, fingers crossed. That’s very exciting, though I will likely only get out at the end of the day after work. Keep me posted – thanks. Matt

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