Today was another day with the birds, with a trip out to Oak Hammock Marsh near Stonewall. It was a windy day so sadly the birds were few and far between but there were a few surprises.
Songbirds were pretty much nowhere to be seen, but at one point a curious American Tree Sparrow let me check him out as he perched on a nearby bullrush:
A slightly more interesting find was a small cluster of what turned out to be Marbled Godwits. This was my first time seeing these birds, so I was happy to get a decent capture.
That was about it for keepers at Oak Hammock itself, but on the drive back, my wife noticed something by the side of the road:
I thought this Snowy Owl might have been injured, but once I got close enough, it showed that it was okay:
Sadly, it never turned back to me, but I like the sense of motion as it launched so this was the shot I kept.
Thinking the day might not be so bad we headed to nearby Lockport to see if the Pelicans that gather there were up for a photoshoot. What we found put a smile on my face:
A great end to a fun day out with the family.