A nice Great Blue Heron. I saw many of these. They are very solitary. I don't think this one is totally mature yet.
There were lots of Great Egrets as well with lots of pretty backgrounds.
Now I know where some of the Coots breed!!
These look like juvenile Coots to me!! All fuzzy and cute. Have never seen the juveniles down in NC.
There were a number of examples of a close relative of the Coot, the Common Gallinule (Moorhen). They were a bit more shy than the other birds.
Not really sure about this one, but think it may be a juvenile Gallinule.
This is a Caspian Tern which I have seen here before. There were a number of these amongst the Ring Billed Gulls.
Of course, the everpresent Goldfinch on his favorite Scotch Thistle. This thistle was a little over the hill though but the Goldfinches still have their summer color.
This is a juvenile Pied Bill Grebe. There were a lot of Pied Billed Grebes hanging out including many juveniles.
I believe this is one of the juveniles of the Short Billed Dowitchers. There were a number of these. They are stockier than their look alike cousins -- the Yellowlegs.
This is an adult Short Billed Dowitcher showing their usual digging behavior. He rarely had his head up.
This is a Lesser Yellowlegs. There were a lot of these.
I believe these are juvenile Lesser Yellowlegs. Their beaks are thinner than the dowitchers and they are grayer underneath.
One of the highlights was seeing this lone Snow Goose standing in one of the plowed fields. They are fairly common but I can't remember seeing them before. I have warned everyone up here that winter is coming!!
Even those these purple flowers are one of those invasive species, they sure looked pretty yesterday with the water in the background.
I always look forward to seeing all the Marsh Mallows which were a little over the hill this visit but did find some nice ones.