Friday, July 20, 2012

What a difference a day makes!

This was yesterday, July 19, 2012

July 19, 2012

sunny and a little too warm for my tastes….

July 20, 2012

and this was today…at least after the rain stopped – breezy – as you can see from the leaves….water levels also dropped at least 4 and maybe as much as 6 inches over night.  I went back and checked and to my surprise this is pretty much exactly where the water was at this time last year too!

light at the end of the tunnel

there is actually ‘light at the end of the tunnel’ or at least you can walk part way down the upper part of the path…if you can brave the mosquitoes…

Heron in the boat launch

Speaking of the path, when Ernie went down there earlier this morning, there was a Great Blue Heron fishing right in the boat launch – when you think about it, this year’s young must be out now and that will add up to a lot of Heron in our area and not all that many places for them to stand right now as so much is still under water.

Barn Swallow

When I wandered down in the middle of the afternoon, I could hear a lot of bird activity but couldn’t see all that much….Barn Swallows of course…

Young Goldfinch

and a lot of very vocal young American Goldfinch….

Red-wing Blackbird

also, something we haven’t seen for a while – Red-wing Blackbird – this one a young one.  Also, I have to mention the amount of Rufous Hummingbirds zipping around today – only a few days ago people had been asking where they all were – well they’ve shown up today!  No males of course, they’re long gone although we may see the occasional migrant passing through from further north.

And, for 2 days in a row a Turkey Vulture has been seen soaring quite low over our complex – don’t know if it is waiting for something to happen or what!

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