Saturday, August 30, 2014
Sandhills Nat'l Wildlife Refuge --no labor at all!
2 posts in almost as many days? What's going on? Anyways yesterday we went to Sandhills NWLR. We really are fortunate to have a state park and a wildlife refuge within a few miles of our home! It wasn't too hot so off we went--the hope was to see wildflowers and butterflies..we saw some of each a bit too early for the full force of the wildflowers and the butterflies seemed to be having tequila shots or something they were so buzzed they wouldn't sit still...but Mom has to pack today she is headed to my sisters for 2 weeks...so it was now or 2 weeks from now and we decided to do both What the heck!
the lillies are in bloom so little white dots along the edges of the ponds..the water was so warm...a footsoak was in order Mom sure enjoyed it--
Little shiners came to nibble at her toes..lol I was busy photographing the wildflowers weeds and such while she soaked...
Joe Pye Weed
Button Bush really cute
imm. Broad-winged hawk?, sailed over...
This was my favorite shot of the day!!
I always make a mistake trying to I'd dragonflies...this could be a Blue faced Meadow-hawk---i think
here's more of him..
more sightings included....
eastern fence lizard female
Got a pretty good look at some blue grosbeaks and one posed for a somewhat distant photo..his breeding color fading a bit now to drab I am digging his big beak tho!
The water level was down meaning Waders -- I'm calling this an immature little blue? You got the green legs, and the dusty grey tips on the wings, and its the right size!
Just so you can see how vast the landscape is...
I caught a glimpse of an egret near the backside of one of the ponds...and then I saw she was not alone..
Then we carried on into a different area of the park...stopped to check on a few other sites..
Mom looking for more wildlife...once in the forested area I spotted this...and please do convince me it is a willow flycatcher cause that would be a new lifer for me!
not great crisp shots as he was high up in the tree...but here is what I see: Un-remarkable eye-ring, whitish throat, orangey color to the slender beak, has some pale wing bars, buffy-breast, notched tail, and that flycatcher hair-do!
I took several here is one more...
I put it on Ebird they will probably scream at me...but so be it!
Safe Travels on Labor Day!
Eleanor Roosevelt: You must do the thing you think you can not.