Monday, November 16, 2015

Heinz NWR - Sunday

Sunday was a gorgeous day for a bike ride and walk at Heinz NWR in Philadelphia.

Warbler Woods at Heinz (absent the warblers)
The dabbler numbers were significantly increased from my last visit a week ago.

Northern Shoveler with Gadwalls
Northern Shoveler
Northern Shovelers
 We were having a leisurely look when they all suddenly took flight. The passing eagle quickly explained their sudden panic.

Bald Eagle

There were still a few Cabbage Whites, and sulphurs (probably Clouded Sulphurs) on the wing, and around the impoundment pixie-like Autumn Meadowhawks were flying, and occasionally pausing briefly.

Autumn Meadowhawk

Wintering gull numbers are on the increase. Gulls are not a favorite of many, but I like them. Ring-bills were unusually close to the boardwalk.

Ring-billed Gull

Ring-billed Gull
Ring-billed Gull

 Several dozen Great Blue Herons were in and around the impoundment - they'll be my next post.

Good Birding!!

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