My most recent visit was after Sunday's snow. Since the snow finished overnight and there was little wind, the branches were still covered with snow. At home the sky in the distance was dark, almost foreboding, but the foreground was lit by sun. I thought this would make some dramatic landscapes so I hustled over to Great Meadows. Time was of the essence because in a little over an hour the snow covered branches would start to thaw and the snow would all be on the ground.
There was a Redpoll flitting about.
And numerous Song Sparrows
I like this shot because the water still clings to his beak due the surface tension
I think my favorite bird at Great Meadows is the Marsh Wren. Several decided to winter over. Seeing them reminded me that soon enough spring / summer would be hear and we would witness their mating displays up and down the Dike Trail.
The muskrats were also starting to become active. There were 4-5 that we swimming under the ice, retrieving food, and finding a spot in the open water to have a bite to eat.
Though the day was much milder than my last visit, a couple hours standing in the cold does take its toll. It was up to the Warming Shed (more commonly called the bathroom) for a quick blast of warmth. On the way there I heard a distinctive call, but my brain was having trouble identifying what I should be looking for. It was loud and high in the trees near by. At last I saw it, a Pileated Woodpecker. It flew down and across to the trees near the stream and the rail trail where it just posed for a few minutes.
I love the snow that was still clinging to the tree in the woodpecker photo. I think it makes the shot. So I didn't get what I intended, I was rewarded for getting going early.