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Life List Addition at Sinking Ponds

Published June 11, 2012
Tags: Life List Happenings, Eastern Kingbird, Great Blue Heron, Green Heron, Great Crested Flycatcher, Belted Kingfisher, Sinking Ponds, East Aurora, NY

Today's double-header started at Sinking Ponds in East Aurora, NY.  I was hoping to catch a few more photos of the Belted Kingfisher again, but alas, no luck there.  She was at the pond; I could hear her rattling call and followed her with my binoculars, but she never came close enough to photograph.

I DID get to add a new bird to my life list, though, an Eastern Kingbird.  As it turned out, I had 3 sightings of this same bird at 3 different locations by the end of the day!  I read that this bird is very common; why haven't I seen it before?!

Anyway, I got some new Great Blue Heron photos, especially given the fact that one landed in a tree very close to me!  It was a spectacular view!  Thanks, guy!

I also saw a Great Crested Flycatcher, which I haven't laid eyes on in a little over a year, so that was a treat.  A Green Heron was foraging across the pond but stayed out of photo range.  All in all, a great morning with some nice sightings!
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Great Crested Flycatcher
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Great Crested Flycatcher
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Great Blue Heron perching in a tree very nearby!
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Eventually, he takes off
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Another Great Blue flying overhead
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My life list addition, an Eastern Kingbird
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Eastern Kingbird
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Eastern Kingbird