One of the challenges of visiting any new place, is avoiding wandering around in search of those special areas. Kathy Dia was kind enough to give me a brief overview of a few places that I should check out.
With notes in hand, I headed to Broadmoor on Saturday morning. The weather was breezy, cool and cloudy, certainly not conducive to photography, but the forecast was for clearing and sun at mid-day. Unfortunately the clearing didn't materialize until much later.
However, it was an enjoyable day exploring and wandering the trails. I'm glad I had Kathy's comments, I started with those spots and then decided to explore some of the longer trails to get a better idea of the terrain for future visits.
Male Wood Duck caught by surprise
One area that was quite "birdy" was the area by the Mill Pond / Stream. Early in the morning it was pretty dark, so I didn't get many usable photos there with my "walk around" 70-300. However, after I tired myself exploring, it was getting brighter (not bright, just brighter). I wandered back with my 500 and was able to get some shots I like.
Thrushes down my the Mill Stream
There was a nice sized flock of Palm Warblers. It was rare to get one to rest for a moment; even rarer for there not to be a branch in the way.
Near the waterfall, I captured some photos of this Phoebe. Identifying it was driving me crazy. I have sequences of photos where it's pumping, its tail; others where it was wagging its tail. The lighting wasn't great so I wasn't 100% sure on the coloring, but Sibley's comments about nesting on man-made structures was the deciding factor.