Walking up the Dike Trail, I was greeted by a family of Wood Ducks near the water control gates. A bit further up the path a mink or two darted back and forth across the path. While I have better pictures technically, this one captures the mood.
With the hot weather the dragonflies are out in force. I also encountered this beautiful white moth. It wasn't until I got home that I noticed the detail in the feathery antenea.
A bit further up the Dike Trail, I noticed that the Mash Wrens were all making a different call. In the end I think several nests have fledged their newborns. They are hard to see because they are small and tend to stay down in the reeds. Through persistence and luck, I finally got to get some photos of one.
At Great Meadows they have started to drain water out of the upper impoundment. The water has dropped dramatically in the last few days. You can see how much of these reeds had been under water.
With the hot weather, I knew one of my subjects would be flowers around the refuge would be one of my subjects. I should have thought about wearing long pants, kneeling on those gravel paths is tough on the knees.
The joggers were out early, which always makes photographing the birds more challenging. As the day started to heat up, the families started to come out to visit before it got TOO hot.
There is a swampy area near the parking lot near a fallen tree. Over the months I've thought that I've never photographed anything there. (It's pretty dark and disgusting). Today, I saw a Black Duck with three chicks.
With the day getting decidedly warmer, I decided to enjoy a drink while sitting on the bench beneath the tower. While I was there several birds flew in...Next hot day, maybe I'll just sit there and let the subjects come to me.
Female American Goldfinch