From there I went to Great Meadows National Wildlife Refuge, which was also pretty quiet until I took the last turn to the parking lot. As I was passing a woman on a bench, she mentioned that she had just seen an owl. She offered to show it to me if in return I would drive her to the train station, so I agreed. We backtracked a bit and soon I was enjoying this view of a beautiful Eastern Screech Owl (red morph) stuffed into a hole in a tree that looked like it might be just a little too small for it!
Lots of snow is melting and water was underneath it in a lot of places on the trail. We're getting closer and closer to spring!
Eastern Screech Owl
Other birds on this hike included:
(first of year)
While I was watching the swans, I saw a mink bounding along the shore, but he dipped into the water before I could catch a photo.