Just What the Doctor Ordered and A Marsh Migration Bonanza
Have you ever had one of those days that was a “ho hum” type of day? The sky was a cloudy gray, just like the participation portion of the day. Physically the day was not challenging. Emotionally, today was filled with deep thoughts covering a wide gamut of topics. Sometimes emotionally active days are more difficult that physically active days. Such was the case for today.
Even though I try to get my “nature fix” every day, even if only for a short time, this afternoon was one of those days when I followed the doctor’s orders intentionally. Sandwiched between a morning and an evening of activities was time I made to sit on the dock at Sweet Marsh. I not only enjoyed a dose of the outdoors, but I was blessed to receive a heavy duty, super-sized delivery of the outdoors in several small, bright yellow packages.
As I relaxed at the dock (not necessarily sitting the entire time), several pretty yellow warblers joined me. Of course I had my camera with me resulting in a good number of images being recorded. I had a great time!
In all of the busyness of today – from work in the morning and evening, to the haphazard arrangement of brush in the photos – the bright little birds provided focus and the perfect distraction from responsibilities. I sincerely appreciated the brief amount of time spent with the vocal warblers.
Yellow Warblers at Sweet Marsh:
Before I arrived at Sweet Marsh I photographed a gray partridge. People sometimes comment on how often I see things that others overlook. In this case, this bird that was scrunched down in the grass could have been painted bright orange and I would not have seen it any better. For some reason the bird stuck out and drew my attention. I cannot explain it, but do value the ability to often see things, even critters that don’t want to be seen.
Following are thoughts and images from the second half of yesterday – our double “Mother’s Day Marsh Migrations” paddling adventure at Sweet Marsh. The last twenty minutes of the first session were outstanding, with multiple wildlife observations. Take a look at these images to see what we were doing at Sweet Marsh yesterday afternoon and evening.
Mother’s Day Marsh Migrations:
Least Weasel with Rodent:
Black-crowned Night Herons at Sweet Marsh:
American White Pelican in Flight:
Sora at Sweet Marsh (there were many):
Common Tern in Flight:
Unknown Birds at Sweet Marsh: