This morning, I had a great birding day at Coturie Forest in New Orleans City Park.
It started yesterday evening when my family and I took the dogs for a walk. It was beautiful out, but all I was seeing were the familiar water birds. Just about sun-down, my dog ran into some thistles and scared out two hummingbirds! I haven’t ID’d any hummingbirds yet, so I had no idea what they were and before I could snap a picture, they were gone.
So, this morning, I headed out with a mission to find those hummingbirds.
I had expected a dreary day with some rain, but was only misted on. The woods were unusually quiet. A few black-crowned night herons and others stalked the shallow edges of the bayou and a pair of wood ducks dabbled in the middle of the pond but that was about it until I got to the abandoned golf course.
On my way out, I spouted the familiar broad-winged hawk that has been hanging out in the park for the last month or so. It sat on the power-line and was not phased by runners, dogs with cowbells tied around their neck or me and my camera.
I was just about to leave and I happened upon a group of cardinals feeding on the trail. I hadn’t seen any cardinals that morning, so I decided to hang out in the bushes and try my luck at photographing whatever came by to join. I was in for a treat.
Almost immediately, a hooded warbler swooped down into the group of cardinals I was photographing. I was so surprised, I lined up to take a 2nd photo (the shot below) but was photo-bombed by an out of focus female cardinal in the foreground. Luckily, I still got a pretty great shot of the warbler.
Two black and white warblers (life bird for me!) were hugging the trunk of some nearby trees and I figured out why I hadn’t seen these birds before. They seem act a lot like tree clinging birds but do it down lower in the undergrowth.