I hiked my usual path through the Blue Hills today, getting a little bit of every habitat. The temperature was cool, and cold with the wind. The sun was unreliable, hidden for most of the morning, so I had to make do with a higher ISO setting on my camera, though I still got some nice photos. The highlights of the day were a mixed group of low foraging Pine and Palm warblers, many Eastern Towhees that have returned from the south, and a Brown Thrasher, a first for me. When I heard the Thrasher singing I thought it had to be a Mockingbird, given the jumble of seemingly different random songs in one long melody. It was a nice day, and the lack of sun gave me an incentive to mess around with the manual settings on my camera. Without my experimentation (and some very cooperative birds) the Palm Warbler and Eastern Towhee on the right would be underexposed, blurry messes. Other observations today were two low-circling Turkey Vultures almost touching the water of Hillside Pond, a Sharp-shinned Hawk being pushed around by the wind, and a very large beeping bullfrog.
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Wilson's Snipe in Boston
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