My First Bufflehead at the Circle B Bar Reserve


Dyeyo and I spent a nice morning at the Circle B Bar Reserve a few days ago. I can’t believe our Thanksgiving Week is almost over. It feels like it’s lasted only one day!

The marsh continues to be covered in pretty yellow flowers, called Burr Marigolds. I had only taken the Beast, so Dyeyo lent me his wide-angle lens to take some landscape shots.

We hiked the Heron Hideout trail out to the Wading Bird Way trail. There were lots of ducks mixed in with the coots! I thought they made a good backdrop for the yellow flowers.

The best bird of the morning was this female Bufflehead, who was on the south side of the Marsh Rabbit Run trail about a third of the way up the trail. I’ve never seen a Bufflehead before. Now that I’ve seen the female, I really want to see a male. His bright head is gorgeous!

This Eastern Phoebe posed for me on the Marsh Rabbit Run trail. Dyeyo chuckled when he saw me stack my teleconverters to get a closer shot. :)

Two Double-Crested Cormorants made me laugh. One came up with a fish, and the other got jealous. He chased the fish-holder, and much splashing ensued. The original cormorant retained his fish, though!

Bird Species List (39 total): American Bittern, American Coot, American Wigeon, Anhinga, Bald Eagle, Belted Kingfisher, Black-Bellied Whistling Duck, Blue-Gray Gnatcatcher, Blue-Winged Teal, Boat-tailed Grackle, Bufflehead, Common Gallinule, Double-Crested Cormorant, Eastern Meadowlark (heard), Eastern Phoebe, Gadwall, Glossy Ibis, Great Blue Heron, Great Egret, Green-Winged Teal, House Wren (heard), Laughing Gull, Limpkin, Little Blue Heron, Northern Cardinal, Northern Mockingbird, Osprey, Palm Warbler, Pied-Billed Grebe, Pileated Woodpecker, Red-Shouldered Hawk, Red-winged Blackbird, Redhead, Ring-Necked Duck, Sandhill Crane, Swamp Sparrow, Tricolored Heron, White Ibis, Wood Stork

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