We've seen pileated woodpeckers before (even in our own yard,) but they're very shy & hard to photograph. This one didn't seem to mind us so far below, & raised its head enough for the sun to light up its crest just as I took the picture.
This hawk flew right over our heads before heading out to the distant tree line, where we watched it for quite a while. After some research at home later, I narrowed it down to a Northern harrier (my 1st sighting.)
Another 1st sighting for me; one of two pairs of blue-winged teals. Hanging out among dozens & dozens of American coots, it took us a little while to realize that these were different.
I've seen white pelicans before & know they're in the area, but this was my first sighting since moving to Louisiana over 6 years ago.
My 1st sighting of snowy egrets. Noticeably smaller than great egrets (one of which was nearby,) they can also be identified by their yellow feet.
A great horned owl hooted insistantly on our way back to the car. Although we've seen them here before, today they'd remain heard & not seen. We saw lots of the "usual" birds as well, but I'll save some photos for another post.
In home birding news, among some of the "usuals," I saw my first, definite goldfinch of the season & a large group of red-winged blackbirds out back today (thanks to Charles for pointing out the latter.)