Fern Ridge April 18, 2016
Common Yellowthroat; Marsh Wren; Northern Harrier
Janet Naylor and I went out to Fern Ridge Reservoir, walking out along Royal Ave. Sunrise was around 6:30 and we arrived around 7:15, so there was still a hint of orange to the light, as can be seen in the first photo of White Pelicans out where Royal runs into the water pool
If there was any lacking in variety, it was certainly made up by the sheer number of Common Yellowthroats and Marsh Wrens singing constantly.
I have not often seen Common Yellowthroat perched up high on bare branches of shrubs or small trees, but that is what they were doing on this day.
The Marsh Wrens were more numerous, and vocalizing everywhere, but they were much more difficult to photograph.
Of course there were Song Sparrows too, also singing. I do not usually make much effort to photograph Song Sparrows, but this one presented itself well with several different backdrops and poses.
We were entertained for quite a while by a female Northern Harrier busily gathering materials for her nest from the edge of Royal off ahead of us and flying them along a wide quarter-circle arc back to her nest site. She did this over and over again. I cobbled a set of photos of her taken over the course of about 8 of her round trips to create one sequence showing the pattern of her flight-dance.
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