There were lots of Great Blue Herons around, maybe 10 different ones, they almost out-numbered the Gulls.
|Great-Blue Heron - San Diego CA|
|Black-Crowned Night-Heron - San Diego CA|
|Moon Jellyfish - San Diego CA|
|Wilson's Warbler - San Diego CA|
|Hooded Oriole - San Diego CA|
|Costa's Hummingbird - San Diego CA|
|Swainson's Thrush - San Diego CA|
|Smokey Sunset - San Diego CA|
I was able to squeeze in a few hours birding in between parties and visiting Primanti Brothers. My goal was to get lots of eastern warblers on my life list. A goal that I did not even add 1 to. I did manage to see some new-to-me birds though. But really, I got so see some of my favorite east coast birds.
My first trip was to Beechwood Farms Preserve in Allegheny County. But alas, it was too cold for bugs to be out, so it was too cold for Warblers to be out too. But I did get to see some nice Eastern Bluebirds out enjoying the morning Sun.
|Eastern Bluebird - Beechwood Farms Preserve, PA|
|Red-Shouldered Hawk - Beechwood Farms Preserve, PA|
|Peregrine Falcon - Tarentum, PA|
|Peregrine Pair, male on left, female on right - Tarentum, PA|
I snuck in one more chance to try and see some Warblers at Harrison Hills Park. I finally did get to see a few, but none that I had not seen before. I did tried really hard to see some Worm Eating Warblers, but dipped on them.
One new bird was shouting it's name at me, an Eastern Wood Pewee.
|Eastern Wood Pewee - Harrison Hills Park, PA|
|Black-and-White Warbler - Tarentum, PA|
Another warbler that I was surprised to see was a Common Yellowthroat, and I saw a pair of them too.
|Common Yellowthroat - Harrison Hills Park, PA|
|Rose-Breasted Grosbeak - Harrison Hills Park, PA|
|Red-Eyed Vireo - Harrison Hills Park, PA|
So that's it for me bothering birds in North America. I had my first walk with binoculars in Ireland today and got to see some really great birds. But because it was taking turns misting and raining, I didn't get any photos. But it can't rain here every day, can it?
I'm already missing everyone back home (wherever that may be). But the family and I are adjusting and my wife starts at work tomorrow. We're still waiting for our household stuff to show up, along with my scope and waterproof shoes. But I've already made a birding contact and will hopefully get out a bit this week and get some photos to share. To be honest, I'm really missing my 7D, the SX50 isn't cutting it and I may not be able to wait to get back to the US to replace it. We'll see though.
Thanks for making it this far,
Cheers from Ireland.