Tuesday, September 8, 2015

Labor Day Beach Ramble

Because my good buddy in the normal leader of the beach ramble injured his knee, I led the beach ramble on Labor Day.  Prior to the ramble.  Jenner and I went to Allens Pond early where I did some macro photography, which included photographing a very cooperative Clearwing Moth.
Sulfur Butterfly

Sulfur Butterfly

Snowberry Clearwing Moth

Besides Jenner and I we had six adults and two children for the walk.  One of the adults was part of my meet up group and another adult brought her friend because the last time she was on a brambles.  She enjoyed it so much.  All the pictures of the ramble were taken by Jenna.  As we walked down to the beach loop, I explained about the refuge and showed the people butterflies, flowers and other interesting facts.  When we reached the culvert there was a blue crab feeding.  The Osprey was flying overhead and then was sitting on its nest.  Great Egret's flew by, as well as double crested cormorants.
Blue Crab
Double-Crested Cormorant in Flight

The biggest surprises when we arrived on the beach a portion to our right was filled with cobbles and the sand to the left as we walked down was basically clean.  There was no rack or seaweed and I had a hard time finding shells to talk about.  Slipper shells were rare and jingle shows were even rarer.  Sanderlings were running on the beach.  We did talk about a number of different the things as we walked slowly back on the road toward the field station.
Sanderling

Sanderling

Then, we were involved in a fantastic event.  The swallows were swarming and probably thousands of them were surrounding us landing in the trees and the bushes, calling taking off returning, which gave everyone a real feeling of nature.  This event probably made the whole ramble worthwhile.
Swallow Swarming

Swallow Swarming

If you check on the Allens Pond site and view the calendar you can find out when the next ramble will be and what other great events that the Allens Pond sponsor.  Http://www.massaudubon.org/get-outdoors/wildlife-sanctuaries/allens-pond