Monday, May 19, 2008

Red Lake on Saturday....

A bunch of the North Country Bird Club members met Saturday for a trip to Red Lake near Theresa, NY for a wonderful annual walk to gather more birds for our May Count Lists. It's about a mile walk down a dirt road spotted with a few summer cabins and a boat launch at the end. The weather cooperated as it usually does for this one! It's always fun to spot an American Redstart or Red-eyed Vireo. It's always a great time and the flora is as beautiful as the fauna in all cases. The Sensitive Fern (Onoclea sensibilis) is one of my favorites and I have some here on my property as well. You've got to love a cooperative Garter Snake!!
Although we didn't see or hear a Pileated Woodpecker we saw plenty of evidence that they enjoy the area! A Least Sandpiper was doing a little dance for me after we saw a Bald Eagle fly over while two Common Loons were laughing below!

And nature always has something funny to say to us as we walk along the forest edge!

6 comments:

The Birdlady said...

Good morning Eve. Love the birdie dance - Great capture of the snake's little evil forked tongue, too! lol

John Theberge said...

I like the way the mushrooms on the tree form a distorted face, it's comical.

Mike said...

Looking at the variety of images you posted, Red Lake looks like it would be a very interesting area to walk around. Really like the snake picture.

Sandpiper said...

Wow, gorgeous images! All great, but I love the snake!

Stacey Huston said...

Morning Eve,, I seem to have missed this post yesterday! looks like you had a wonderful day outside.. but every day outside is wonderful.. thanks for sharing.

Farmgirl_dk: said...

Ok, that tree that you said a pileated woodpecker had been at is more than a little scary. Methinks the woodpeckers around your parts are a bit larger than ours...that damage looks like it was done by something about the size of an ostrich!! lol