As soon as I started down the trail, I heard a Great Horned Owl hooting in the woods. It called 2x and then went quiet. Ovenbirds were calling in their usual places, plus a few more places closer to the water. I estimate I heard at least six of them. I almost had a glimpse of one on the way out. I saw the mink hopping around on the "island" out in the middle of the water, and the ospreys were present, as usual.
Great Blue Heron, fishing
The male was also present, but I couldn't get a photo of him. There was also a Chipping Sparrow gathering nesting materials in these same plants. It's a busy time of year!
Hooded Merganser (female)
Wood Duck (male)
Ditto (flew into the tree)
Wood Duck (female)
PS. I couldn't resist a return trip at noon.
I learned on "Go Botany" that the leaves of this plant were used externally by the Iroquois as a wash or poultice to treat abscesses, boils and sores.