|Female Red-winged blackbird|
For me its about getting there when the exotic-sounding aquatic birds are still vocalizing. Least bitterns, for example, "co-co-co"ing from two different spots.
I came early hoping to catch a glimpse of a rail (a bird that's eluded me at Great Meadows in the four years I've been visiting). And I did catch a glimpse.
caught a hint of feet through the reeds and I had my binoculars on it in no time. A special bonus: it was with a fluffy black chick.
This is prime time for youngsters generally. From the dozens and dozens of Canada geese goslings blocking the paths in the morning.
to families of mallard and black ducks
and, of course, wood ducks.
|Wood duck drake on top of nesting box.|