Sunday, October 12, 2014

Mute Swans v. Great Blue Heron

The fog was still on the water at Hopkinton State Park when I stopped in this morning.  Beautiful!

 Chipping Sparrow

A small pool at the lower beach was popular this morning, hosting a Ring-Billed Gull, a Great Blue Heron, and a Greater Yellowlegs, as well as some Killdeer pecking around the edges.

Great Blue Heron

Ring-Billed Gull

Greater Yellowlegs w/ a catch

After Hopkinton SP, I drove over to the Sudbury Reservoir Trail and walked it from Parkerville Road to the bridge entrance to Beals Preserve.  I saw a muskrat swimming in the fall colored water, Canada geese, Mute Swans, Yellow-Rumped Warblers, Golden Crowned Kinglets, Gray Catbird, Belted Kingfishers, Song Sparrows, House Sparrows, Wild Turkeys, Northern Cardinal, Blue Jays, and American Crows.


Song Sparrow

Belted Kingfisher (one of 3-4 seen)

Great Blue Heron

I stopped to watch this Great Blue Heron as it made its way along the shore of the channel.  It was interesting to watch it approaching a group of 4 Mute Swans.  I wondered if they would just ignore each other.  No.  The swans wanted the GBH out of their space.  While they were pushing him along, a Belted Kingfisher dove into the same area twice to catch fish.  It was quite a popular little waterway!

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