And driving through the park without a lot of people around can be enjoyable, and it gave me a chance to look for some of my favorite flowers -- Closed bottle gentian (Gentiana andrewsii), Cardinalflower (Lobelia cardinalis) and Nodding ladies'-tresses (Spiranthes cernua) a late-blooming member of the orchid family.
We then wandered out to Wachusett Res. and Bolton Flats. Nothing of note at the reservoir and Bolton Flats parking lot was under water -- looking more like a spring morning instead of a fall one. We did stop by the Clinton High School on the way home to check on the increasing numbers of Killdeer. Yesterday we had about 35 flying out of the 'A' field and landing on the school roof; today we only had about 15 birds. I wonder whether the rest of them headed out early after the storm or were simply up on the roof out of sight.