Yesterday morning a friend and I went to Marl Bed Flats. It was a little slower than I thought it would be, I'm guessing because it was a windy, cloudy morning. Sedge Wrens were plentiful there, and the House Wrens were especially vocal. Even with the wind there were lots of Savannah Sparrows around. We also had one Orange-crowned Warbler and many Palm Warblers, including one "yellow/eastern" race, but we saw only one Yellow-rumped Warbler and heard only one Common Yellowthroat.
There were also many blackbirds around, and we were lucky enough to have an Eastern Meadowlark fly right by us. I think this is my only presentable photo of an Eastern Meadowlark in flight.
And Phoebes were calling everywhere. A couple were quite photogenic; one perched right next to the past and allowed us to get some photos with nice, clean backgrounds.
One of the biggest highlights for me was seeing this spider. According to Bugguide.net, it's in the genus Acanthepeira
, but it could be either A. stellata
(Starbellied Orbweaver) or A. venusta
. The two species can be extremely difficult to tell part. Either way, it's a pretty cool spider.
|Starbellied Orbweaver or A. venusta|
Those Sedge Wren shots are pretty stellar, and that's a pretty coveted bird west of the Mississippi.ReplyDelete
I'm very envious of your Sedge Wren sightings. This is one bird I have yet to see even though they summer in our area. Excellent photographs, Scott! Love the macro of the cool spider, too!ReplyDelete