With all the rain lately, I expected to find a nice variety of mushrooms, and I was not disappointed.
Chicken of the Woods
When I arrived at the water's edge, I was thrilled to find some gorgeous Cardinal Flowers in bloom. What a beautiful pop of color on a gray day!
FYI, this was reported to be a "partly cloudy" day here in New England. Ha!
Eastern Phoebes were hunting insects over the water. There were plenty of snags for them to perch on.
I could hear an Osprey screeching, and I saw it fly to the far end of the water out of my peripheral vision. I fully expected to see it again, but it never came back. I also heard a rattling Belted Kingfisher, but it never made an appearance either. A flock of American Robins flew off from the edge of the woods, and a Downy Woodpecker pecked at a nearby tree.
I also saw a good-sized water bird fly out from the shore over the water and land on a fallen tree trunk. After zooming in on it with my camera, I was able to ID it as a Green Heron. He walked the tree trunk like it was a difficult trapeze challenge.
And you know if you reverse direction on the same path, you often see completely different things. Here are some mushrooms I saw on the way out:
Tonight when I was working in the yard, I could hear a woodpecker. I found this Downy carving out a hole in a snag in my neighbor's yard.
I took a short video and, of course, some background music was playing in my head, so I added it! Enjoy (if you dare)!