The CyFair campus saw a lot of bird activity last week. Unfortunately, though, much of it was during periods of bad weather, which made photography difficult.
I had brief glimpses of a Swainson's Thrush.
Three Western Kingbirds appeared. These should be the first of many, since several pairs nest on the campus every year.
I saw my first Chuck-will's-widow of the year and then the first of the several Common Nighthawks that usually spend the summer on the campus.
Six species of migrants turned up on what was a dark, miserable day: an Eastern Wood-pewee, a Tennessee Warbler, a stunning male Blackburnian Warbler, a male Painted Bunting, two Baltimore Orioles and three Orchard Orioles. I could have gotten some good shots of the Orioles if one of our flocks of Cedar Waxwings hadn't kept flying in and scaring them off!
I consoled myself by taking a picture of a flock of American White Pelicans that flew over.
In anticipation of more Orioles arriving, I hung orange halves on various bushes along the nature trail boardwalk.
When I checked the trail in mid-morning, Orioles had been chomping away at the oranges.
It turned out to be quite a day.
At various times I saw up to nine Baltimore Orioles. They were very skittish, however, and I managed only a couple of photos.
As soon as the rain stopped, I found three birds skulking in the thicket off the nature trail: Gray Catbird, Swainson's Thrush and Wood Thrush. No photos. Then a Black-and-White Warbler and a Common Yellowthroat in mesquite trees outside the library. Again no photos.
I thought about going home but decided to sit for a while on one of the outdoor classroom benches. I'm glad I did. Almost immediately a Black-throated Green Warbler appeared, soon followed by a Northern Parula. Both birds stayed in the area for well over 30 minutes and so I was finally able to get some photos!
Black-throated Green Warbler