I’ve got a quick one for you today, more of a status update than a full report. The weather continues to be beautiful, of course, unless the lack of rain is starting to crimp your style.
I stopped by the pond, and the first critter I saw was the resident and rarely seen, giant snapping turtle, perhaps related to our much smaller buddy that keeps climbing out of the river. Maybe they’re trying to have a reunion now that travel restrictions are starting to lift.
I looked for the wood ducks, but only found a mallard hen, whom we haven’t seen in there weeks.
At the river, whatever type of big fish was thrashing yesterday was still thrashing this morning, but I didn’t see anything photo-worthy until the north end where the mallard hen with 4 young ducklings was dabbling in a beautiful golden-green reflection of the morning sun shining on the trees on the island.
Back at the pond, I found that the wood duck hen and her ducklings had magically materialized. Here they are all snoozing on their favorite log.
And here they are after a dog walked by. I didn’t hear her, so perhaps she was just yawning.
I suspect a few of the red-wing blackbird broods have hatched because suddenly the males and females are even more crazy protective of their territory than usual, and as I was trying in vain to get a fun picture of them shouting at me, look was wasn’t paying attention and ended up with a cameo. I bet he was as surprised as I was, and I had about a second to get this picture before he realized his mistake and vanished. It is slightly over exposed, which I tried to fix a little in post-production, but at least it’s in focus.
Lastly, on the avian side, a red-bellied woodpecker, perhaps the same one as last summer, is back to rat-a-tat-tatting on the street lights and yodeling from the top of the light poles.
On to the Lepidoptera. One of the sulfur butterflies sat for a nice, back-lit portrait, but it’s a little difficult to tell which sulfur because of said lighting.
And last, but certainly not least, the little wood-satyrs (Megisto cymela) are back and plentiful!
Finally, let’s wrap it up with this sharp-looking little chipmunk, shall we?
5 thoughts on “Steady as she goes…”
The wood duck hen and her brood is so darn sweet.
And post-dog, pretty funny.
Beautiful picture of Mama and babies sleeping.
Wonderful update as always! Glad to see the wood duck momma keeping an eye on her babies!!
Love the Wood duck!
Thanks. They are quite the little cuties…
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