The ovenbird is a warbler that looks a whole lot like a thrush. You have to keep a sharp eye out to see them, but they have a loud unmistakable call of "teacher teacher teacher".
This is a fairly average photo of an American robin, but when I looked at it pretty much every field mark on the bird was visible (except for the bits at the outer tips of the tail) so it makes a nice ID photo. Not that there are hordes of folks that can't ID a robin, but...
Nice little birds that can't eat enough of the omnipresent gnats in northern Virginia.
Canada geese breed very early in the year and the little fluffball goslings are already out and about. So cute.
I took a Canon 80D camera out for a first run today at Lake Fairfax. Really wasn't out early enough for the warblers and suchlike, but I saw some good birds and on the way out stopped at the lake itself to see what was happening. Well, right by the boardwalk I spotted this green heron that was working on swallowing a pretty darn big green sunfish. Don't worry, it got it down just fine.
I recently posted a photo of a goldfinch taking a stream bath. Figured I would round that out with a shot of the whole bird as they are really quite attractive.
It is usually a bit later in the year when the catbirds start their eponymous cat sounds, but they are back in northern Virginia and singing away. That is, mocking away, since they are a call mimic and can produce the sounds of many other birds.
Washing off the winter dust, this American goldfinch was taking a bath in Pimmit Run, Falls Church, Virginia.
The song sparrow is one of the first birds of the year to start calling in the spring, and boy to they put their all into it.
These tiny little birds are relatively common in some areas of northern Virginia but I seem to see more of them in the spring. This one was alone and completely silent the whole time I was watching it. Lovely birds.
Keith Christenson - Wildlife Biologist