After six hours in a CPR class, Sarah and I decided we NEEDED to take our summer intern around Big Pond… you know… so we could show her where the trail goes… you know… so she won’t get lost with her Day Camp kids next week. Yeah… that’s it… It’s Professional Development! Ooh! And we can check the nest boxes while we’re out there… you know… in preparation for Jen’s Nest Box program on Saturday. You gotta love a job where taking a walk around the property can be considered professional development or prep for a class.
We brought binoculars with the idea of using them on birds. There were many great moments along the way – bird and non-bird. For example, the Canada Lilies were in bloom. How gorgeous their orange blossoms looked against the blue sky. We also saw Deptford Pinks and the pale yellow of Rough-fruited Cinquefoil… so pretty.
We rounded the corner and headed out to the photo blind on the peninsula where we watched Kingfishers and Song Sparrows. The still water reflected the blue of the sky and the green of the spatterdock Lily leaves blended perfectly. The Phoebe who had nested above the entry to the blind was gone and the nest was empty. We wondered if she would be back later for a second brood.
It wasn’t easy to tear ourselves away from the serenity of that view, but we were expecting a guest at the Center and we knew we had better move on.
Oh yeah… bird boxes. We finally made our way through the woods where we wondered about the names of several mushrooms, and picked out good places for future games of “Camouflage”.
After this, I sent Kim and Sarah on to meet our guest so I could check a few more boxes. When I got to the boxes in the Arboretum, I was met by two deer. Can you find them?
The weirdest thing of all happened as I was checking the last box… I felt something brush against my foot. I looked down and saw this:
I don’t know what he was doing at Audubon. Isn’t he cute?
All this happened in 2 hours. It’s amazing… What happened on your last walk?