Saturday, August 9, 2014

Wildflowers and Birds at Bosely Conservancy

If you like lazy, slow, paddling through winding channels surrounded by wetland wildflowers, you would have loved our kayak trip today. 
There were still a few blooms of Spadderdock.

Marsh Hibiscus (or Rose Mallow) in the foreground.
Joe-pye Weed
Fawn (isn't that a great name for a naturalist?), from the Anita Leight Estuary Center, is explaining how beneficial beavers are and how their habits helped shape these beautiful channels.
Monarch Butterfly on Swamp Milkweed
Green-headed Coneflower
In Ha-Ha Cove - Ring-billed and Laughing Gulls, Forster's Terns, and a juvenile Little Blue Heron.

Green-headed Coneflower on each side.

Heading home.  We also spotted Ironweed, Pickerel Weed, Wild Rice, Jewelweed, Cardinal Flower, and Goldenrod.

Bird List:
Canada Goose  12
Wood Duck  1
Great Blue Heron  3
Little Blue Heron  1
Osprey  3
Laughing Gull  1
Ring-billed Gull  8
Forster's Tern  3
Mourning Dove  2
Yellow-billed Cuckoo  1
Belted Kingfisher  1
Red-bellied Woodpecker  2
Eastern Wood-Pewee  1
Eastern Phoebe  1
Eastern Kingbird  2
Blue Jay  1
Tree Swallow  15
Barn Swallow  2
Carolina Wren  2
American Robin  1
Gray Catbird  2
European Starling  1
Common Yellowthroat  3
Northern Cardinal  2
Indigo Bunting  3
Red-winged Blackbird  15
Common Grackle  2
Brown-headed Cowbird  1
American Goldfinch  3

Thank you to the Anita Leight Estuary Center for helping with this event - and to Fawn for her expertise and knowledge. 
We hope to see you next year on this trip!

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