A quick trip to Nathan Krestul Park. The mild spring has given way to the heat and humidity of summer. As I was looking for Eastern Bluebirds in the trees near the parking lot, this Common Grackle shadowed me, raucously broadcasting my presence.
To Westminster Woods to see Gram. An alligator showed up to interrupt Gram’s feeding of the turtles and fish. Two alligators–one about four feet long, the other about five feet long–have been patrolling the water near the observation deck.
Then a rainshower came through, and under cover of the observation deck, we sat quietly regarding the rain and this Green Heron:
Just before the rain let up, I heard–but didn’t see–an Osprey in the platform nest calling rapidly. I ran to the railing, just in time to watch an Osprey deliver a fish. It dropped off the fish, and flew off.