Hamlin Marsh April 16th, 2016
The Hamlin Marsh Wildlife Management Area is about a mile from my house. At some point, I'm not really sure when, the DEC put in a wheelchair accessible hunting blind. The parking area and trail to the blind, as well as the blind itself, are a prime birding area. All a two minute drive from my front door :).
One of these days I'm going to get my Porta Boat down to Davis Road access...
On the evening of April 15th I stopped at the blind. I was not able to get any good photos, just good enough for ID. I saw a Golden-crowned Kinglet and a Brown Creeper (a life bird). I also saw a Yellow-bellied Sapsucker.
So I went back this morning to try again.
Dipped on the Sapsucker and Golden-crowned, but got the Brown Creeper. It's really hard to get a picture of one, they are always in motion...
At the blind the usual birds. Northern Shoveler, Ring-necked, Mallard, Blue-winged and Green-winged Teal, and lots of very noisy Canada Geese.
The local Osprey made a quick pass.
Eastern Phoebes were looking for insects.
Red-winged Blackbirds staking out territories.
A song sparrow was singing away.
On the way out I was looking for the Golden-crowned Kinglet. I found several Ruby-crowned Kinglets instead. Tiny little birds way up in the trees. I'm glad my camera has 24 MP so I can crop a lot...