07/22/11 – Vassar Farm Hike

Common Yellowthroat (female)

On one of the hottest days of the year, I decided to see how I could handle the extreme heat.  I brought only the essentials, my camera, an extra battery, and a backpack filled with water.  So, what did Vassar Farm have in store for me?

The answer is pretty obvious… not a whole lot.  At the front pond, there were no birds singing, no herons and only a few dragonflies.  A snapping turtle stuck his head out of the water, as if to say ‘Who’s this crazy person walking around in this heat’?

The fields didn’t offer much else.  Some of the trees I walked past would suddenly come alive with wings flapping of dozens of european starlings trying to beat the heat.  There wasn’t many butterflies out either, with a few pearl crescents, american coppers, and a few fritillaries.

American Goldfinch

The few highlights that I encountered were the female common yellowthroat in the fields and also a brown thrasher on the trail rolling around in the dirt.

Just a little over an hour into my hike, I ran out of water, prompting me to turn back and end my hike.  It was far too dangerous to be outside and be unprepared.

Thankfully, some relief is on the way, and I can’t wait.

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