We we reached Bolton Flats we were delighted to be able to drive into the parking area on Rt. 117 with no problem. We did have to step through some water just before the flooded fields, but even with regular hiking boots, we just got a bit wet. And the fields were incredibly active -- we had both Greater and Lesser Yellowlegs, Solitary, Least and Pectoral Sandpipers, Killdeer and Snipe. We also had both Great Egret and Great Blue Heron. And well over a hundred Green-winged teal.
Unfortunately, Mark didn't get to see him so he had to wait til we got home and he could see the photo. To be honest I thought the photo was going to be too blurry to even identify...but another case of being lucky. We decided to move on to Oxbow, but not before we had both American Bittern and Virginia Rail calling.
At Oxbow we were greeted again by gnatcatchers, but we also had this Veery working the major road and eventually flying up to pose in a nearby tree. And we had a nice chorus of Yellow-rumped and Black & White Warblers, Yellow-throated Vireo, Great Crest Flycatcher and a number of Rose-breasted Grosbeaks.
Turns out they were out looking for DRAGONFLIES! And they weren't having great luck. I'm not great at remembering people's names, but the woman (I think it was Sue) was from Natural Heritage and Mark and she spent some time talking about the Blanding's we had just see and getting a sense of the best places to look for odes.
Unfortunately, time ran out on us and we had to leave.....again without a dragonfly sighting!
But we did have a great experience with the Blanding's Turtle, so I can't really complain. I know this upcoming weekend will be THE weekend I get my first odenate of the year.