Easter stroll in the woods

April 4, 2010

Sunday was a beautiful day for a walk in the woods. Huntley Meadows Park was bustling with activity, but unfortunately more of that was from guests than wildlife.

In the distance, I observed a number of birds. Many of them were out of range for successful photography but a few scenic shots, including the Great Blue Heron above, came out well.

The foliage is beginning to return and the forest is slowly putting back up its walls. Until then, this intermediate phase between bare trees and full foliage makes for some nice scenery.

Finding the boardwalk heavily occupied, I spent time exploring the unofficial trails at the back of the park. From this vantage point, I could see more people milling about on the observation tower.

Worth noting, the observation tower provides a view of one beaver lodge and a second is accessible off of the unofficial trail. The mammals themselves weren’t out while I was in the area.

Turtles, Red-winged Blackbirds and Canada Geese made for most of my observations.

The toads from a few days ago have largely disappeared but I was able to find a few hiding in new patches of algae.

Lastly – be advised that if you plan to enter the woods anytime soon, the ticks have returned. Consider yourself warned.

2 Responses to “Easter stroll in the woods”

  1. Renee Says:

    Wow, love that heron shot!

  2. All the photographs were so beautiful. I love great blue herons. Wonderful work, I enjoyed reading this blog. I have my own blog, @ http://songofthewolf.wordpress.com, but I don’t take photos.
    – Song of the wolf

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