There were at least sixty Indigo Buntings, mostly males.
And sprinkled among the Indigos were a half dozen of everyone's favorite, the Painted Bunting. They were easiest to photograph at the water feature.
This Scarlet Tanager dared me to get a photo. What a magnificent animal!
Cousin to the buntings and tanagers is the Rose-breasted Grosbeak.
Not as colorful but beautiful in their own right are the thrushes. Here's the common Swainson's thrush with its big buffy eye ring.
The Gray-cheeked Thrush has a colder gray cast.
The Veery has a warm buffy rusty color and less spotting on the breast.
Red-eyed Vireos are on of the most common birds of the eastern forests. We see relatively few considering how common they are.
A Philadelphia Vireo was down at Sheepshead.
I did not see this nighthawk well enough in flight to determine if it was a Lesser or a Common Nighthawk.
Brightly colored male Baltimore and Orchard Orioles are always popular.
However this male Hooded Oriole at Sheepshead was a surprise. I rarely see them on SPI.
A fun day of sensory overload!