Wednesday, June 6, 2012

A Quick Lap

With a trip coming up in the near future I was anxious for the rain to stop falling so I could sneak in a quick visit to Great Meadows. So it was a quiet Wednesday morning that found me at the refuge. The refuge was pretty quiet as both the people and animals started to recover from a couple days of battering rain. All this rain certainly hasn't helped F&WS efforts to drain down the upper impoundment to kill the lotus.
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Black-capped Chickadee flew right up to me on a tree near the kiosk

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This pair of sparrows must have a nest near the end of the cross dike trail

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They can be seen collecting bugs

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The gosslings are getting large

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A Baltimore Oriole near the lower impoundment outflow

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Landing above my head for a brief moment

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Thanks to Alan's identification of the song we determined this was a Red-eyed Vireo

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I hope their chicks don't hatch before I return

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If you come often enough you see the dark side of nature too. This one didn't make it.

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Too bad I wasn't paying attention. I stumbled upon the Wood ducks in the area of open water near the cross dike & upper impoundment. They were in the open for about 2 secs before they saw me and retreated into the reeds.

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I have mixed feelings about the invasive yellow iris. I thought it looked interesting as it was almost ready to open.

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Walking along the railroad bed I heard something rustling in the gravel

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It only took me about 50 photos to get the one I could see in my mind's eye.

3 comments:

  1. Love the snake tongue. Glad you waited it out.

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  2. Hi Larry. I really enjoy your blog - thanks for posting.
    Can you tell me what would be the best time to go bird photographing at GM these days? (June 18th?)
    Got a new lens that I want to try out.
    Thanks for any info.
    Dennis

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  3. Dennis,

    Thanks for the compliments. This time of year, I find the best time for photography is the first couple of hours of the day/ Arter about 9:00 the sun is just too bright & harsh.

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