I got back to the Ballston Creek Preserve on May eleventh and there were still just three Great Blue Heron nests. One heron was sitting in a nest. Two were standing together in a nest, while the third nest was empty. Two herons stood in trees near the nests. I will go back again to check on this now small colony. It is the smallest I've seen here.
I made a first time visit to Coldspring Preserve in Northumberland. It's a Saratoga Plan Preserve. There were a lot of wildflowers at the trail's beginning and a Hermit Thrush back in the woods. I was hoping to see a Blanding's Turtle which is a threatened species in the area but didn't come across one.
A return trip to OK Slip Falls in Indian Lake was wonderful. The falls were twice as big as when I saw them four years ago. Painted Trilliums lined the trail along with flowering Hobblebushes. We followed moose tracks on the way out for over a mile but no sighting. Enjoy the rest of Spring!
|Yellow-rumped Warbler in South Lawn|
|Puppy Guarding the Feeder|
|Yellow-bellied Sapsucker on my Apple Tree|
|Northern Catbird Mimics Other Bird Songs|
|Gaywings at Coldbrook Preserve|
|A Hermit Thrush at Coldspring Preserve Serenaded me with its Lovely Song|
|Flowering Hobblebush on the OK Slip Fall Trail|
|OK Slip Falls Indian Lake|
|Painted Trillium on OK Slip Falls Trail|
|Moose Track on OK Slip Trail|
|Meeting of the Jacks in Peck Avenue Woods|
|False Soloman's Seal Peck Avenue Woods|
|Wild Geranium on Zim-Smith Trail|
|Woodland Phlox on Zim-Smith Trail|