According to the guide's announcement at the end of the walk we saw or heard over 58 different species in the course of the 3 hour walk. It was such an amazing day! In fact, it was the tipping point that pushed me to order my new camera - when I got home and saw how crap my pictures were after seeing so many wonderful birds, I just knew I had to pull the trigger on placing the order and am so happy that I did!
Here's what was remotely salvageable (although nowhere near the quality of the new camera):
Just to set the scene - this is a view of one of the 7 (or is it 9?) ponds at the site.
"Pelican Island" out in the middle of one of the ponds. If I remember correctly, there were some double-crested cormorants hanging out there as well (but not in the photo).
Then the pelicans decided it was time to take off...
...to wherever pelicans go when not hanging out on the island.
Same bird a few minutes later...with a friend.
Tree Swallows everywhere...I can't get enough of their iridescent blue/green coloring. So beautiful in the sun!
This pair sat on this branch forever. The one on the right has a mouthful of bugs and I kept wondering why they were staying put so long and letting me photograph them.
Eventually, I realized there was a nestbox nearby and while I was not blocking it or close to it in any way, they were being good parents by not leading the "predator" (aka the Crazy Camera Lady) to their babies. As soon as I moved on down the path, they went straight to the box.
One thing the old camera IS really good at? Taking close ups. While this is not a bird, it was such a gorgeous Tiger Swallowtail butterfly that I had to share it. It stayed still like this for a nice long time so I got some amazing shots of it.
I have no idea what these are, but the colors are so beautiful - the perfect way to finish off my Mother's Day bird walk!