At lunchtime, I took a hike at Breakneck Hill Conservation Land. I was disappointed to find my camera battery was dead as I started out, and I didn't have a backup with me. Used to be, I never left home without my camera bag, but this winter I lightened the load and started just carrying the camera and a spare battery. Oops. Gotta get back to basics. I can't stand this kind of mistake. I missed beautiful closeups of an Eastern Bluebird male and also a wonderful Savannah Sparrow (first of year).
I should add that both when I left the house and when I returned, I saw the Eastern Bluebird in the nesting box! Yeah!
Just as I was finishing my work day, I noticed a report on Central Mass Birders that there were Ruddy Ducks on Lake Chauncy in Westboro. I've only ever seen them in the winter, in non-breeding plumage, and I really wanted to see them in breeding plumage. Their bills turn blue during breeding season, too. Usually, I have zero luck when I "chase" reported birds, but it was a nice evening, and I had plenty of time, so I took the chance. This time it worked! Thanks to Justin for the tip on the best spot to look for them!
Suddenly, the light was going fast.
The sky was gorgeous!!!
I stopped by my favorite Route 9 tree to catch its silhouette against those clouds. Beautiful!
My last stop of the night was a quick stop at Chestnut Hill Farm in Southboro. I wanted to check out the sky there too. When I stopped I noticed a small herd of White-Tailed Deer in the back of the meadow, so I walked back to try to catch a photo of them.
Love how the sun was reflecting in the windows on the barns.
Even though I was happy to find the Ruddy Ducks, I think the sky won this prize for best sighting of this evening.