Sunday Stroll

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Despite being unseasonably cold, as you can see from the hats, gloves, and winter jackets on these walkers, Sunday afternoon was a good time for a trail walk. After visiting the owl and owlet you can see in my recent post, I strolled on down the trail to see what else was happening on this chilly afternoon.

My first stop was the rail fence where a redwinged blackbird was announcing his presence.  Watching the blackbird, I also glimpsed a song sparrow hiding in a nearby thicket. Capturing a good picture of her was challenging, but the focus is pretty good despite all the brambles obstructing the view (Remember you can click on a picture to enlarge it).

Farther down the trail, approaching the bog, I was hoping to spot the bluebird I saw when I walked this trail last week. Unfortunately, no bluebirds showed up today, but several other birds were winging from treetop to treetop, high over the bog.

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downy (or hairy) woodpecker
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red-bellied woodpecker (male)

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Finally, while passing the bog, I stopped to watch some mallards playing in the water. Just watching them chilled my bones despite my heavy jacket, but I shot off a couple of frames for my son-in-law Mike who likes to see the mallards. Some of the ducks were splashing around in the water, creating waves and sending huge droplets into the air, but these two were just parked on a log, almost as if they were posing for a portrait, so I was happy to oblige.

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Male mallard #1
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Male mallard #2

 

The end of the trail was nearly in sight, my toes were “froze,” and I was ready to head for home. Thanks for coming along on my Sunday stroll.

See you soon.
Hopefully the weather will be warmer!
Trail Walker

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  1. I love your Sunday stroll Carolyn. I always hear the downy woodpeckers but never actually see them drilling away in the trees. My neighbor used to have suet holders around her deck and the downy woodpeckers loved them and she had frequent visits by them. All your pictures are exquisite – up close and personal with our feathered friends. I likewise am still bundled up on my treks.

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    1. Hi Linda. We have a pair of downy woodpeckers that regularly visit our feeders all year round. Today our temperature is warming up. Although clouds have moved in, we are told to expect temps in the 60s and even higher.

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    1. I completely agree. The mallards seem to have more fun than any other birds in the bog. We have a pair of mallards that return every spring for a visit to our back yard. They have been here every year for many years now, and we are always excited to see them.

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