- miniature horse foal in West Brookfield
- Mourning Cloak butterfly in Petersham
- Palm Warbler and Blue-gray Gnatcatcher at Wells SP
- Spotted Turtles at Wells
- Banded Watersnake in North Brookfield
So here are a range of photos that should give you a good sense of what we've been up to this past week. And let's start with the totally adorable first.
Bolton Flats was still under water so we didn't walk in, but at the entrance by the red barn on Rt. 110 we found this unusual nest in a bush. Mark did some research when we got home, and it appears to be the home of a White-footed Mouse. It seems they often take over old bird's nest and top them off. First I've ever seen. However, that probably just one of the places we picked up the dreaded Black-legged Ticks!
At the reservoir we had a flock of Double-crested Cormorants....probably a migrating flock.
On Monday we decided to get our early since it was predicted to get very windy in the afternoon. And we really wanted to put a big push on for early butterflies and dragonflies. In Warren we found two Great Egrets hanging out with some Great Blue Herons in the marsh along Brook Road. While the photo below is pretty bad, it's at least documentation of this spring record.
Of course Mark was in 7th heaven...his first snake save of the year!
What a great day...and the days leading up to it were fun as well. Oh I forgot, we had two different Louisiana Waterthrush yesterday as well. Just because I didn't photograph them doesn't me I shouldn't mention them!
Now if only the odenates would begin flying.....