Aug 16, 2022
I was excited to visit the beaver pond after a few weeks of being away. It was hot and dry on this August morning so the water was seriously low. No beavers in sight, but a pretty scene all the same with white and pink water lilies dotting the big lily pads. They seemed to glow in the morning light.
When I first arrived, I saw a Great Egret through the trees.
As I quietly approached the area, I watched it fly off with TWO Great Blue Herons up into the nearby tree canopy!
(Great Egrets are really sensitive to movement whereas Snowys and Great Blue Herons don’t seem to mind much.)
I heard a bird and spun around to catch a Belted Kingfisher flying by.
It was the first one I have ever seen and quite fast. Luckily it landed for a second so I could snap a photo.
A pair of crows in a tree far off caught my attention as I heard a heron’s honk in the distance.
Just then, one of the Great Blue Herons touched down atop the tree with the crows.
They seemed to get along, the crows and heron, and spent some time together up there above it all.
As I turned to leave, I saw hundreds of Tree Swallows sitting on the powerlines across the street.
Several were in the brush and I caught these females bouncing on branches.
Once a car approached, they all flew off.
Further down the road is Lily Pond, a magical place that makes me think of Monet.
The light is always changing there and creates beautiful colors amongst the lily pads.
I was tempted and created my own “digital” Monets here. What do you think?!
I hope you enjoyed that quick visit to the pond.
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