The females were out as well, saying hello as I passed through:
The shorebirds were a bit far for photos, but a Northern Harrier flew over and spooked everything, which was cool. (Check out the Red-winged Blackbird giving the Harrier the business! GTFO NOHA!)
Other awesome grassland birds made appearances as well, like the Common Yellowthroat and his badass mask:
Grasshopper Sparrows, one of my new favorite birds, were everywhere. This one let me practice back-lighting while it ate breakfast:
After this great morning at Darby, I decided to stop by the Heritage Trail MP in hopes of tracking down the rare, breeding (!) Bell's Vireos. I followed previously reported directions, and sure enough, heard them from a way off as I approached the habitat. The pair was quite active, and the male sang the entire short time I watched them, even posing for some quick photos. Sweet Birds.
So that probably marks the last of my yearly and/or life birds to be found in Franklin county this year. I feel like a tool posting this last part, but I spent a lot of early mornings, and gasoline, on birding Franklin this spring, so here it is. Also, I had the advantage of being a TA for a class who birded 3 times per week, Paul H had a kid, Alex C and Tony F are married, and Dave S was working out of the county; otherwise they would have super-smash-bro'd my list. A little competition is healthy, right?
(end self-award ceremony)