Friday, May 22, 2015

Sachuest Point National Wildlife Refuge

The other day, two of us went down to Sachuest Point National Wildlife Refuge in Middletown, Rhode Island, not only to see what we could photograph, but also to enjoy the beautiful day.  Sachuest Point juts out in between the Sakonnet River, Atlantic Ocean and Sachuest Bay.  On this day, we decided to walk the Ocean view loop, which is a mile and a half in length.  Starting out right and Sachuest Bay, there was a large flock of mainly American (black)
scoters along with some common eiders.
American Scoter
 Continuing to walk along we came across the usual subjects, including American Robins, red-winged blackbirds, and the sometimes elusive to photograph yellow warblers.
Yellow Warbler

Female Red-Winged Blackbird
 Flitting around were spring azure, American copper and cabbage white butterflies.  Some of the cabbage white was smaller in size than what you usually expect, however, this is not uncommon in the first hatch of the year.
American Copper

Cabbage White Butterfly-Male
 Herring gulls flew overhead presenting us the opportunity to practice flight photography and get full frame photographs of a bird in flight.  A song sparrow presented a different view than usual.  Normally the song sparrow's hopping on the ground with their head down and feeding or sitting on a branch and singing.  This song sparrow while on the ground was sitting straight up and had a bit of a crest showing.
Song Sparrow
 Finally, a beautiful plumage American Goldfinch presented itself to have its photograph taken.
American Goldfinch
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