In spite of light rain, it turned out to be a good morning for a walk at Great Meadows. One of the first birds I saw after going into the refuge was a Great Blue Heron.
There were lots of wood ducks today, too, all in pairs. I didn't see any families, though.
The Eastern Kingbirds were near each other, but only this one was working.
Another Wood Duck pair
Hooded Merganser (female)
Canada Geese family
Mute Swan family
Common Yellowthroat (female)
She was working hard, building a nest inside some low cattail reeds. She flew back and forth, over and over, and I could see her moving around within the reeds but couldn't actually see her. She was so well camouflaged in spite of her yellow throat that several times I thought was was in the reeds when she was actually out collecting more materials.
another Common Yellowthroat, singing
Some of my photos of the Great Blue Heron rookery were taken from the cemetery. While I was there, I saw a pair of Eastern Bluebirds near my car.
In the afternoon, when the sun came out and the day looked a bit brighter, I couldn't resist the temptation to visit Tower Hill Botanic Garden and see what might be in bloom.
I spent a lot of time around this tree, a Red Horsechestnut, because there was a Ruby-Throated Hummingbird flying around it. I never did get a photo, but when I first saw it, it was flying back and forth between this tree and another, in an arc, almost looking like it was swinging. It must have been protecting its tree from some competition, but it sure looked funny!
There were two geese in the meadow, of all places. This one looked like it was snapping up insects off the grasses.
Starflower Pink Ladyslipper
There were several Pearl Crescents flying about when the sun stayed out. One corner of the meadow had them nectaring on buttercups and fleabane.
Its chin is definitely yellow! It likes butter.
Wild Turkey, displaying to a couple of females