Weekend in review

Q: How much rain did we actually have?

A: I don’t know. The container I was using overflowed hours before the rain stopped. However, there is this:


This was empty Wednesday.

That’s nine inches of water in there, measured at the slightly-uphill side. The sticks are there to help any hapless critter climb out.

The deluge ended Friday afternoon, the swamp is pretty full and flowing out into the pond, and the wide muddy banks of the pond are covered with water. It was a gorgeous weekend, clear and crisp and colorful.

We took a long walk at Five Rivers Sunday. Not a whole lot of birds, but I did manage to absolutely/positively identify a CFW! OK, they were Yellow-rumped Warblers, which are not exactly difficult, but I’m still pumped.

Here’s a female Mallard enjoying the sun. She was sharing that log with several Painted Turtles and you can see what a great basking day it was.

If I’d been a little quicker, I could have gotten a shot of this flock of Wild Turkeys in front of   the ‘Wild Turkey Trail’ sign!

No snakes having sex this time, but this Garter Snake wanted us to get out of his way. We complied, of course.We almost couldn’t leave. The flock of Turkeys stood in the road at the exit and strolled back and forth blocking traffic for several minutes. Obviously very accustomed to people — I could have reached out of the car window and touched one.

Red-winged Blackbird, Cardinal, Black-capped Chickadee, Red-breasted Nuthatch, Downy Woodpecker, Tufted Titmouse, American Goldfinch, House Finch, Hairy Woodpecker, Blue Jay, White-breasted Nuthatch, Song Sparrow, American Crow, Canada Goose, American Kestrel, Northern Flicker, European Starling, Mourning Dove, Great Blue Heron, Red-tailed Hawk, Common Raven, Turkey Vulture, Wild Turkey, Pileated Woodpecker, Gray Catbird, Belted Kingfisher, Double-crested Cormorant, Rock Pigeon, House Sparrow, Eastern Phoebe, Purple Finch, Mallard, Yellow-rumped Warbler.

34 confirmed species, 1 new to this list. One warbler which looked sorta like a Northern Parula and a maybe-kinglet. Lots of completely unidentifiable CFWs.

Categories: Bird photos, Field trip, New bird, Species count, the occasional herp, Usual suspects | Tags: , , , , , | Leave a comment

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