We're not sure we'll be able to make it next weekend, so we decided to head up yesterday. Perhaps some of the birds will be early? And there are always our local birds in the marsh, which are fun to see.
On the trail, we ran into robins up to their usual tricks. These robins just kill us. I've probably mentioned this here before, but a male robin will be perching in the middle of the trail we're walking on. The robin sees us, and sees which way we're walking. Instead of flying off of the trail, he flies a little bit ahead to a point further up on the trail. And then we have to disturb him 5 seconds later!
Here is this guy, flying low to the ground, about to land in the middle of the trail!
We saw our first goslings of the season:
The sky was ominous, but that didn't stop us! We did get rained on during the last 10 minutes or so, but it was pleasant.
So many waterfowl! We definitely saw terns, grebes, coots, geese, and several types of ducks. We also heard frogs, and saw turtles, muskrats, and many other birds.
This barn swallow was actually still for a few seconds!
There were so many birds perched in this tree!
This was a dead tree filled with holes where birds would go -- someone is sticking their head out of the bottom hole:
Hopefully we'll be able to go back next weekend; but even if that doesn't work out, I'm sure we'll be back there this year!