Migration was heating up at the Slough this past week and it makes me wish that I lived nearby so that I could hop over on a daily basis. In any event, I had the opportunity to visit on Monday and enjoyed seeing/being part of this 'heaven on earth' that the slough exhumes while walking over the water - on the boardwalk that is.
Several photos were taken and some of them were decent, take a look for yourself.....
|My first interesting sighting was in the early morning hours and way up at the top of the trees, after watching it for a bit - I started to recognize|
|that I was admiring a Baltimore Oriole - the size, the shape, the bill and the wing bars were my main clues - the computer helped me to clarify its identity.|
|And then, toward the end of our boardwalk enjoyment - we were blessed with quite an exciting viewing....|
|right in front of us - at eye level - we had this large group of birds show up.....this Worm-eating Warbler,|
|Prairie Warbler and|
|Carolina Wren all of a sudden gathered together and voiced some sort of excitement - they were obviously disturbed over something.....|
|we watched with excitement and awe and soon realized why they were so....|
|it was this Yellow Rat Snake that caused all this excitement - eventually the birds left the area, the snake resumed its descent down the trunk and no one was hurt in the process.|
|And this, my friends, concluded yet another memorable morning at the Slough.|