Chats are usually hard to get good photos of, so I was very happy to have this one out singing in the open. I was even able to get a short video -- it's a bit shaky as I don't have a tripod. Be sure to turn up the sound!
On this past Monday, I drove out to Burbank to the headquarters of the McNary National Wildlife Refuge. It has mostly marshy habitat along the Burbank Slough. At the headquarters building, Barn Swallows were nesting under the eaves.
There's a hide for good waterfowl viewing.
Next I walked a trail running alongside the slough. A large meadow was on the other side, over which an American Kestrel was hunting.
Yellow-headed Blackbirds were quite common.
Also saw this Black-necked Stilt:
There were several Ruddy Ducks about.
And quite a few Redhead ducks.
I also saw American White Pelicans down the road a ways, but too far away for photos. I had to settle for this Great Egret -- not bad compensation!
Great birds, all in all.