Cait and I started out at High Park to see if we could find the male Blue Grosbeak. We searched with many others for over an hour, and I had given up and was on my way out when I spotted it sitting at the top of a short tree! I called over the other birders, the first of which turned out to be long lost friend Kyle Holloway!
The Blue of the bird did not turn out in the backlit photos, and the bird appears blackish. The wing bars were also hard to see at first, but the massive size of the bird and beak relative to a bunting was apparent from the get go.
Last week I was down near Erieau and stopped at the marina and pier. Nothing rare, but I had a great chance to photograph a few shorebirds at close range. The birds were busy picking bugs off the concrete. If you look closely you can see some of them in the photos.
|Ruddy Turnstone (back) and Semi-palmated Sandpiper|