At the rookery in Sturbridge we had 26 active nests...most in the early stages. You can just see the little bit of fluff in the nest that is one of the baby Great Blue Herons. We also had the Osprey fly off of the nest atop the microwave tower there. And lots of swallows and Yellow Warblers zipping around.
Our next stop was hiking the trail along the pond to the power lines in Wells SP, then up the power lines to check on the heron rookery there (we only saw 1 active nest) and then back through the wooded trail to the main road in the park and after a quick check for the Black Rat Snakes (we dipped) we headed back to the cars. It was a great walk and took us through some varied habitat. On the power lines we had our first Ruby-throated Hummingbird zip by and then perch up...
However, I did promise to use only one shot from the frolicking foals, but it was really the little one on the left that was causing all the trouble until the older foal essentially told him to back off. In some of the subsequent photos we saw both of them trot off together....friends again.
We were back at the cars in Spencer just after noon....so this truly was a morning-only trip. I think the 5 of us who went were all still recuperating from having done bird-a-thon the day before. But more about that in another post.