A Couple of Quick Stops

This Spotted Sandpiper was walking all along the rail of this fence at the Apollo this morning.

This Spotted Sandpiper was walking all along the rail of this fence at the Apollo this morning.


I didn’t get out of the house until after 10am this morning, heading to Monticello to do a couple of errands. I made a quick stop at Apollo Plaza to see how things are going there. Still trucking in girders, but no actual work. The birds continue. A few Killdeer, a Spotted Sandpiper perched in a way I hadn’t seen before and the Osprey rounded out the birds present (three species of swallow too). From there I went to turn in my recyclables at the landfill. The activity there this morning, an abundance of trucks coming in due to the long holiday weekend were backed up and noisy, prevented me from hearing some of the birds. I did find three BLACK VULTURES still roosting (often the case after a rainy night). Unusual was the fact that there were no Turkey Vultures this morning, usually an abundant bird there. On to Haven Road at the Bashakill. Here I wasn’t expecting much. Not the case. I immediately came upon a family of four ORCHARD ORIOLES! An adult male and female and two recently fledged young. They would barely hold still, so pics aren’t great. Always happy to see these birds. As soon as they moved off, I found a family of EASTERN KINGBIRDS! Two recently fledged young were perched on a dead snag right along the road. The parents would drop in to check on them every few minutes. I got one of my best shots ever of these birds this morning. A short time out, but lots of fun!
One of the three Black Vultures at the landfill roost this morning.

One of the three Black Vultures at the landfill roost this morning.


One of the orioles, the adult female, finally held still for a halfway decent shot.

One of the orioles, the adult female, finally held still for a halfway decent shot.


These two recently fledged Eastern Kingbird chicks were quite entertaining.

These two recently fledged Eastern Kingbird chicks were quite entertaining.

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