It was a sunny weekend except for the bit of rain we had one night. I so enjoyed listening to the birds and the sounds you hear out in the park. We enjoyed two evenings by the campfire. How I have missed the sounds of the crackling fire and the flickers of the flames.
I had the opportunity to photograph a Northern Mocking bird which was a first for me. It caught my attention when it flew from one tree to another. It has wonderful white markings in flight which caught my eye and I followed it to find what kind of bird it was. On Sunday morning it spent time in a tree singing many of it songs. The Northern Mocking bird can sing over 300 different songs that it has learned to mock from other birds.
The park was full of new growth, spring flowers and new young wildlife. I enjoyed lots of hiking and exploring to see all the amazing sights the park had to offer in the spring. We certainly enjoyed our first weekend of adventure. We are really looking forward to another fun filled year out with natures beauty.
Northern Mocking bird
They love to eat suet and have such long tail feathers
The park is coming to life again
Young black squirrels were out adventuring on there own
Saturday I found a nest of 10 Mallard eggs
lined with lots of down feathers
Sunday morning the nest had been destroyed.
I suspect a raccoon found it :(
Nature smiling at us in the woods
One of many spring flowers
Male Purple Finch, another first for me
Young gray squirrel posing for me
Rain drops on the new growth in the forest
This Turkey was stretching her wings
Another first: Field Sparrow
Ruby-crowned Kinglet trying to impress
the ladies by exposing its crown
Chickadee with a Tufted Titmouse in the background
Female Eastern Towhee
Male Eastern Towhee
His song is so beautiful
Boardwalk and some of the sand dunes
washed away during the winter
I enjoyed watching the muskrats