Holly and I visited Crooked Run Nature Preserve this weekend. It is our usual Sunday morning excursion, at least in the fall and winter. While it started out slow, it turned out to be a pretty good walk.Of course, I have little photographic proof, so you will just have to believe me that these photos are of places where we saw and/or heard birds today.This part of the outer loop trail, where it joins the gravel road, may not look like much, but it was the birdiest place of the day. Along this short section of trail, we had 4 woodpecker species (3 Downies, 1 Red-bellied Woodpecker, 1 Yellow-bellied Sapsucker, and at least 4 very active and very vocal Northern Flickers), chickadees, titmice, White-breasted Nuthatch, many cardinals, Blue Jays, a Great Blue Heron flying off the estuary (right of the photo), White-throated Sparrows, and an unconfirmed Fox Sparrow, along the road's edge.There were 4 flickers, a White-throated Sparrow, a cardinal, and a Northern Mockingbird in this one tree.
A Belted Kingfisher flew across the estuary right here, just before I snapped this picture.
One of three bird blinds along the estuary. There was a Great Blue Heron and a Belted Kingfisher here. Honest.
Old birds' nests. There were birds here last season.
There were no birds here, I just liked the color of this little tree/bush.
Here is an actual bird, one I heard before I saw it.
And here is the enlarged photo. Does anything sound worse than the croaking call of a Great Blue Heron?
Great Blue Heron
Fox Sparrow (I'm pretty sure, but it flew away too quickly)