However, before then, on Tuesday morning, without power, and a cool house, I thought walking around Great Meadows would be a good activity to warm me up and get the circulation flowing. The air quality reminded me of my winter time business trips to Delhi, India. The large number of people burning wood in their stoves and fireplaces has cast a haze over everything.
For some reason a large number of Mute Swans has decided to invade the refuge. I counted 8 and later was told the number had increased to 11. While these birds are pretty, they are pretty aggressive towards all other animals and are considered invasive. This group includes mature adults and the grayer juveniles.
The big flocks of Canada Geese had departed before I arrived. However, there are always a few stragglers.
The sparrows are still hanging around the dike trails. I was glad to finally find a Swamp Sparrow in a setting more typical of a swamp. The classic pose justified including the one in the tree.
Here are some miscellaneous shots from around the refuge. I'm not sure I've taken a fall foliage shot of the tower. Will being on top with his scope was bonus. (Note to self - don't park car at base of tower when taking its picture!)
On the backside of the lower impoundment I encountered a couple of Goldfinches in winter plumage feasting on the Evening Primrose seeds. I included the first photograph because most bird photographs are from the side. It's rare to see a bird straight on. I'm glad this pair was so interested in eating. They allowed me to get to within 20 feet.