Thursday, February 28, 2013

Sudbury Reservoir Trail

I stopped in Southboro during lunch to check out the reservoir.  It was relatively quiet.  The trail is flooded just beyond the playing fields, so if you plan to hike, wear your boots (or waders!).  The edges of the reservoir are above the normal water line, too.  It's proof that the snow is melting fast!  It felt like spring out there - 45 degrees!  And the sun was out for at least an hour!

 Northern Cardinal (male)

Gorgeous!  Too bad that little branch was in the way!  He was singing his heart out.

 Mute Swan

This mute swan was tucked in and taking a nap, but lifted his head long enough for me to get a picture. It just looks like a pile of sheets when it's napping!

Mourning Doves

Mourning Doves flock together during the winter months, only separating into pairs for spring.  Maybe they're waiting for March 21st?

On Route 85, I spotted another Mute Swan as well as six Common Goldeneyes in the waters east of the road.  Wished I could have found a safe place to photograph them, but the road is a causeway there and the pull off areas at both ends were still snowed in.  It was the closest look I have had at Common Goldeneyes yet. 

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