Archive | October 4, 2013

Porcupines and other mammals

Porcupine

Porcupine

On Saturday I stopped by Sarsaparilla Trail before heading to Mud Lake.  It was a cool, sunny morning, about 10°C, but I could tell it was going to warm up.  As soon as I got out of my car I heard some Golden-crowned Kinglets calling in the conifers.  I managed to spot one hovering at the end of a branch, as well as a Ruby-crowned Kinglet flitting among the trees.  Deeper in the woods, I found a Yellow-bellied Sapsucker and heard another Ruby-crowned Kinglet singing.

On the pond I found lots of Canada Geese and a few mallards swimming around. A Green Heron flew by, and a Belted Kingfisher plunged into the water to catch a fish. I wasn’t surprised to hear both a Swamp Sparrow and a Red-winged Blackbird singing somewhere across the pond, and a few more Swamp Sparrows were chipping in the reeds near the boardwalk.

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