Thursday, May 17, 2012

Newport County, Rhode Island

Today is Thursday and it is my regular day for birding with my good friend Doug.  Today we went down to Newport County, Rhode Island, and first birded St. Mary's pond in Portsmouth.  We then went to Miantonomi Park, Newport, which is a well-known birding area.
At St. Mary's pond, an Osprey flew above us, carrying a fish in its talon.  Osprey Flying with fishOsprey Flying with fish

Yellow warblers were flitting around and singing as well, as were Yellow Warbler  -  Dendroica petechia
Yellow Warbler  -  Dendroica petechia

house wrens.  House Wren - Troglodytes aedon

Cedar waxwing's did put in their appearance.  In total, for St. Mary's pond, we ended up with 36 different species of birds.Cedar Waxwing
We then traveled to Miantonomi Park, Newport , where we picked up another 38 different species of birds, of course, there was duplications in the lists.
We were able to observe and photograph a 2nd year male Summer Summer Tanager - Piranga rubraTanager, Summer Tanager - Piranga rubraand then a little later a Cooper's Hawk's did stay around long enough for me to obtain in its picture.

Cooper's Hawk - Accipter cooperii
We observed a white eyed Vireo at a nest, which at first we thought that it was building, but, on further observation the Vireo was returning and taking material from that nest to add to its nest wherever it was hidden.White-eyed Vireo -  Vireo griseusWhite-eyed Vireo -  Vireo griseus

So ended another good day of birding, we did see some deer, rabbits, and butterflies, but that those pictures will be for later.
Warbler, Yellow-rumped Warbler - Dendroica caronata
Yellow-rumped (Myrtle) Warbler
American Robin - Turdus migratorius
American Robin
Common Grackle - Quiscalus quiscula
Common Grackle
Northern Cardinal - Cardinalis cardinalis cardinalis
Northern Cardinal
Northern Parula - Parula american
Northern Paurula
- _D8C0860 May 17, 2012 NIKON D800
Downy Woodpecker - female
White-breasted Nuthatch - Sitta carolinensis
White-breasted Nuthatch upside down on linb