The first walk for the season brought us face to face with a "Murder" of Crows and a hoard of mosquitoes. But neither was a deterrent to our enjoyment for a fun time after a long hiatus. The crows, hawks, titmice, woodpeckers and others were extremely upset in an area that to our surprise was not the Barred Owl that we had heard, but the Great Horned Owl. The Owl finally left the area, but I could still hear him off in the distance with his very low, "Ho-hoo-hoo." Warblers were not in great numbers, but we all got looks at two Blue-winged Warblers. For me, this was only the second and third time that I had seen one. We had gone into an area prior to exiting at the point in the above picture, but Ken could not pass up the opportunity to "expose" us. Although he had been in the area, someone had to take the photo. We had just been treated to several excited species because of a tiny snake that was coiled on a tree above our heads.
We had a Prairie warbler and the first Blue-winged Warbler near this spot. You wouldn't think that this tiny creature would have startled so many birds into action, but all snakes can be a threat to their survival. We tallied 25 species of which the list can be seen at this eBird link. Fred Hileman Photos by Ken Spilios