For the most part, it was a beautiful morning, cool with a slight breeze. It had rained earlier and the breeze moved the wet leaves enough for them to drop their moisture making it sound like rain. It was weird having the sun overhead and hearing rain in the forest. For such a glorious morning, it was pretty quiet; I wondered where everybody was. When I reached Diablo Creek, things started to pick up.
I saw a pair of Gray-necked Woodrails at the park entrance which was nice. I've only seen this bird twice before. The first time was in Costa Rica and the second was here on the Diablo Beach road--very close to these birds. I saw a Ruddy-tailed Flycatcher which is not an everyday thing. Got a new butterfly. I believe it's an Heliconius erato hydara It's like the erato, but it doesn't show any white. One site I read said it was Eastern Panama. If so, the range must be expanding.
Didn't get much in the way of photos today, it was either too early and not enough light or rainy. The rail shots were terrible and so were some of a beautiful Violet-crowned Woodnymph Hummingbird. If I had had some sun the hummingbird shots would have been so good. He perched close and I could see his beautiful colors. Unfortunately, the photos are blurry.
Once I got close to home, the rain stopped (of course) and I got a couple of nice photos of a Plain-colored Tanager. I love these little guys. They remind me of the Tits in Europe or Chickadees at home. They just aren't as Tanagerish as other Tanagers
Bird Species List for Today:
White-tipped Dove (heard)
Short-billed Pigeon (heard)
Western Slaty Antshrikes
Yellow-crowned Tyrannulet (heard)
Southern Rough-winged Swallow
Tiny frog--baby Smokey Jungle Frog? When I first saw it hop, I thought it was a Leaf-litter Frog because it was so small, but after looking, I thought it was a baby Smokey Jungle.