Monday, April 14, 2014

Morning at Gooseberry and Allens Pond

This morning I traveled out to Gooseberry, hoping to get photos of the almost full moon setting along with Mars plus a nice sunrise. When I left my house, the sky was clear and there was a bright moon in the sky. When I arrived at Gooseberry, the sky was overcast and a light fog. There was no moon, stars or Mars. Here is the picture of today sunrise :)

I traveled over to Allens Pond Audubon Sanctuary to see what was happening. The air was full of sounds, American robins and red-winged black birds were singing. Tree swallows were investigating their boxes and trying to claim one for themselves and their mate.

Tree Swallow
Tree Swallow
Arriving on the beach, I found my first piping plover of the season, running and flying around the area that I first discovered them five years ago. I am hoping these are the same piping plover's. Each year they had brooded four eggs. I will have to keep an eye on them.

Piping Plover
Piping Plover
Walking back to the field station, a red-winged blackbird was in a cedar singing away and defending its territory. Spring is definitely here.

Red-winged Blackbird

Remember tonight starting at midnight I will be at the Stone Barn, hopefully capturing the eclipse if the weather will let us. All are welcome.

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