Monday, July 25, 2011

A Break From The Heat

The heat wave has broken. So Monday morning, I got up early to see how the refuge had responded to the heat wave. Overall it was a typical warm summer's morning, with a dense cloud cover.

Because it was a Monday there was extra executive jet activity into Hanscom. Whenever you are at Great Meadows you will probably hear an airplane every 10 to 15 minutes. This morning the planes looked pretty as they flew towards the rising sun with the sun reflecting off their metallic skin.

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Light Chronicle | Photography: GM20110725 &emdash;



Out in the upper impooundment the American Lotus are blooming like crazy. However the lower water level is starting to affect the fish that are caught inside. Near the water control gate you could see several carp rapidly approaching the end of their life. There was a funny disturbance in the water. After watching it for a while, I realized that these were catfish schooling.

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Light Chronicle | Photography: GM20110725 &emdash;

Light Chronicle | Photography: GM20110725 &emdash;

Light Chronicle | Photography: GM20110725 &emdash;


Insects of all types were busily working away. Here are a few that caught my attention.

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Light Chronicle | Photography: GM20110725 &emdash;

Light Chronicle | Photography: GM20110725 &emdash;

Out on the Dike Trail, the Swamp Rose Mallow is starting to bloom. These flowers have some of the largest blooms seen along the dike this year.

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Among the avian residents it seems like the American Goldfinches are becoming much more active. They seem to be especially attracted to the Evening Primrose.

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Light Chronicle | Photography: GM20110725 &emdash;


Many of the other birds seemed to be a bit quieter, maybe recovering from the heat wave like us. Of course there were a few that were cooperative and had there photo taken.

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Yellow Warbler

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Duck with Canada Geese escort

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Eastern Phoebe

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