The leaves are changing into their fall colors and the birds are migrating. When my Mom visited last weekend, we went to Jester Park on Saylorville Lake to see the bison and look for birds. We saw a flock of small birds in the trees near the bison enclosure. They were flitting in between the shadows and the light and hard to see. A yellow patch, strips on the chest and a thin beak were what we remembered. I didn’t have my camera during our bird watching visits.
After I took my Mom to the airport on Sunday morning, I went out with the camera. I stopped by the butterfly garden on the south end of Saylorville Lake first. The flowers were fading. The butterflies were gone. A few black-capped chickadees darted from branch to branch in the nearby trees.
When I arrived at Jester Park, I walked on the path by the water. A Harris’s sparrow watched me from the bramble. In the trees by the bison enclosure, I found a flock of two different small birds: the yellow-rumped warbler and the golden-crowned kinglet. The yellow-rumped warbler (5 1/2 inches) has a yellow patch on its tail feathers and strips on its chest. The golden-crowned kinglet (4 in) has a golden strip on the top of its head. The kinglet is only partly visible in the photo. I will be going back soon to see if I can find them again and any other birds who wish to be seen.
The yellow-rumped warbler and the Harris’s sparrow are migrating through the area. This is the winter home of the golden-crowned kinglet. The happy little chickadees stay around all year long.
The young bison have grown since I saw them on Christmas morning last year. I first saw them in October a year ago. The Christmas morning photos can be found in the post “Christmas Morning.” The collection of photos from last October and November are waiting to be made into a post. The youngest bison has become shy and sedate. Last year, he ran around his family often and ran over to see me at the fence a few times.
Take care and thanks for reading.