As I approached the water, suddenly the air was filled with birds flying in for a landing in the woods. Warblers! Most were palm warblers, but there were also Pine Warblers and Yellow-Rumped Warblers. This was the largest flock of warblers I have ever seen, and it was very exciting! I'd say there were 30 or more birds. Very cool!
A lot of plants along the dam's edge were showing new spring growth:
and a closeup
The clouds broke apart, and the sun shone down, and the sanctuary looked beautiful. For a few minutes! Then the clouds closed in once again.
Osprey, at its post beside the nest
As I returned across the dam, I suddenly noticed may flies swarming about. One was intent to land on me, and then on my camera bag, so I took a photo of it. Its wing pattern was quite pretty.
(blurry, terrible one-handed shot)
another look at the Osprey
Great Blue Heron
aka Princess Pine
another busy bird
Hairy ? Woodpecker
On my way out, I came across that flock of warblers again! I took several blurry, distant shots and was able to confirm identification of the three species I named previously, but had nothing worthy of sharing. It was hard to leave with so much activity in the woods!