Wednesday, May 1, 2013

A Little Breakfast Treat

It's that time of year where the weather is wonderful. You just want to be outside. In New England we tend to stuff so much is so little time. This time of year is filled with outdoor activities ranging from sporting events, to graduations & commencements, to gardening and other outside maintenance activities that have been delayed by the winter.

At the refuge, it is a time where things change on almost a daily basis. At the refuge it is much the same. Animals are migrating, nesting, mating and raising their young. Plants are flowering an blooming. The next revolution in the cycle of life is well underway. Each day you will see something that you haven't seen before this year.

We are all motivated by the same drive. We've go to accomplish as much as we can in that little time that remains. In less than 2 months the days will start getting shorter. Can autumn and winter be far behind? So today we have to do as much as we can, tomorrow will be here faster than we expect.

That's why the last thing I want to do is spend a wonderful day indoors behind a computer. There will be plenty of time for that next winter. So today you get a quick buffet of images from around the refuge. Sample what you may, I know you won't tarry long; you've got to get outside, time's a wasting.

Everyone raves over New England's spectacular fall foliage. I've come to enjoy the spring transformation from grey / brown to greens and vibrant colors.

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Wood Anenome

The number of bird species at the refuge grows daily.

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Savannah Sparrow

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Palm Warbler

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Northern Flicker may be nesting near the Borden's Pond entrance

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Activity among all the other species has exploded.

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Results of the last post on toads

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Young snapping turtle headed their way

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Butterflies and moths are appearing daily

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Carp stranded by receding river. If given the choice right now, I expect they would pick "Be a small fish in a big pond"