My last trip to Theler Wetlands was certainly less productive bird-wise than the previous visit, but it turned out to be an enjoyable morning because I met John who I hadn’t seen for nearly a month. Although I’m perfectly happy to bird alone, it’s also nice to visit with a fellow birder while birding.
The day was probably more notable for the birds we didn’t see than those we did see, though John did note some twenty plus species for the day. Seeing and photographing are quite different, though, and I ended up saving shots from just two different species, this Black-Capped Chickadee
which we first thought had a large green worm in its beak. Then we noticed that several different Chickadees had the same thing. A closer look revealed that they were actually eating the fine shoots at the tip of the fir tree, which I’d never thought of as a food source.
The main subject of the day, though, was the same Marsh Wren (at least I think it is the same Marsh Wren) that I showed from a previous trip. This has to be the boldest, or most desperate, wren I’ve ever seen. It sat on the railing
while John and I took several shots and then flew to the nearest stalk and took up the classic pose
that every birder will recognize. It’s impossible for me to ignore these kinds of poses when they’re this close. Amazingly, these photos are actually larger than life-size.