Back to work, but what a great day. Today was the day to travel around to collect data from the water impoundments. We record the water levels and report any wildlife we see, especially waterfowl. While we are doing that, there are also trail counters we check to make sure they are working as we record number of visitors from those counters. On one of our stops, we walk on railroad tracks between two bodies of wetlands. This was the birdiest it has ever been.
This is a Virginia Rail. This was a nice looking male. We always feel so fortunate when we happen on one. There were two of them hiding in the vegetation. Every so often, he would step out for a photo. They are only 9 and a half inches in size.
This is a Black-billed Cuckoo. Check out that red eye!! The length is 12". I got so excited, I could not focus quick enough, but managed to pull this one off. They are solitary and feed mainly on caterpillars.
This is a Yellow Warbler and he is singing his little heart out. We also had a pair of Orchard Orioles.
How about this Ruffed Grouse? We had three sets with young as we traveled about the refuge.
There is a lot more we could share with you, but it is late. See ya tomorrow.