Well, we finally got a beautiful day for a tour this year - it only took 5 months. Thirteen members and friends came out to Dahlem this morning for a "Big Sit." After harried and sometimes rushed trips that many of us take in the spring to big, crowded hotspots it was nice to just sit and relax and see what comes to us.
We got 33 species and were able to get some good pics even with the morning sun coming in with a clear sky.
(Ruby-throated Hummingbird: Don Henise)
(Common Yellowthroat: Don Henise)
A Blue-winged Warbler hung out for a good part of the morning singing and perching quite still for us.
(Blue-winged Warbler: Don Henise)
Don had heard a Hooded Warbler before the group arrived, but we waited too long (my fault) to return to the area as he had moved on by then. But he recovered and was able to wrangle a little guy called a Common Baskettail for us to view up close.
(Common Baskettail: Picture & hand model: Don Henise)