I wanted to see a meadowlark, so I took a drive to Orland Grasslands. Most of the morning I was not sure what I was looking at, but here are some of the bird and prairie pictures I took.
Male American Goldfinch pauses while working on thistle seeds.
Male and female American Goldfinches
And now there are three… I just love the bright colors.
Right from the start of my walk I saw a lot of these male birds singing above their nesting areas. I thought they were meadowlarks, but now I think they are dickcissels.
Another dickcissel. If any of these are really meadowlarks please let me know.
Here is another new bird for me. My guess is that it is a grasshopper sparrow.
Here is the same bird singing. There is a tiny bit of yellow on the wing, a white eye ring and the little color above the eye. I might be wrong, though…. The only way to learn is to spend time looking at birds and at my new Peterson Field Guide to Birds.
This little bird was on the bike path. I wondered if it was a baby bird that had come out of the grass.
I zoomed in on this black bird out in the prairie. I think it is a bobolink, because of the light patch on the back of the head.
Here is a blurry close up of the bobolink. I could be wrong.
In a wooded area I saw an oriole.
A tree swallow was getting ready to find some bugs.
Here is one of two other tree swallows that were preening on a branch.
Looks like a downy woodpecker. Another one went up the tree and out of the picture.
I chased this singing bird around for a while, and never got a good picture. I think it was some kind of flycatcher.
It was a beautiful morning to be in the prairie, with the flowers starting to give it color.
The pink coneflowers were blooming.
This monarch is the only butterfly picture I got. I could hear a bull frog in the pond and the crickets were starting to make noise.
I am thankful for the chance I had to enjoy this beautiful morning!