Thursday, December 22, 2011

A Feeder Day

With the year drawing to a close, I ventured to Great Meadows again, to see what was there.  With a weather forecast of a high of 50, I envisioned a banner day of photography.  Perhaps, I would see the Virginia Rail reported by David Swain.  Maybe something new or interesting would appear at the refuge.

Initially there was a little excitement.  A harrier in the distance was cruising up the side Upper Impoundment but continued on his path towards, Concord center and Sudbury.   There was something large and different near the trees by the waste water treatment plant...but it turned out to be a bit of tree broken off in last nights thunderstorm, oddly light by the rising sun.

But that was it for excitement.  The warm weather had melted all the ice.  The coots and geese were well dispersed across the impoundments.  I didn't see the Bluebirds and House Finches that had been recently visiting.  Even most of the ducks were either elsewhere, or in hiding.

So in the end, it was a nice walk on a windy, but unseasonably warm day.  Most of the birds that I did photograph, I could have photographed at the bird feeder at home, or at a local park.  Even those that I did photograph often were posed in less than ideal perches and poses.

That's what's interesting about Great Meadows.  Some days are unusual and interesting, others just pedestrian.  You never know which it will be, until you are ready to leave.  Enjoy the photos.


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