During the last couple weeks, I've been able to drop by the refuge a couple of times. The weather has just been too nice to stay home and post photos, so here they all are.
The season has definitely changed from summer to autumn. The evidence of that is abundant. For example if you've been observant you would have noticed - Warblers migrating through
Most of the Egrets moved on early in the month, but one held on a bit longer.
Some things look normal.
Some were just interesting. Like this Sandpiper. Most often they are found foraging in muddy areas of the refuge. They too have moved on, but this one stuck around a bit longer and could be seen wandering along the floating leaves of the lotus plants. Though the sandpiper weights less than 1/10th lbs. it's fun to see its weight causing the leaves to bend and buckle like a child playing on an inflatable raft in a swimming pool.
When I think of fall at Great Meadows, I think of ducks. This year there have been an abundance of wood ducks. They are quite skittish, even when a far distance away. But the short glimpses you get of them are impressive, especially the males. The last photo is the most adult Wood Ducks I've captured in a single photograph.
Throughout the refuge, the colors of autumn are bursting forth. They are hard to miss. They provide refreshing new backgrounds for even the most common of scenes. They also beautiful in their own right.
Hopefully, our government will soon take a lesson from some of the wildlife at the refuge and learn how to get along with each other (or at least find some space where they aren't fighting with each other). Until then, hope the blog tides you over.