After work on Friday, I was able to get a ride over to Vassar Farm. I was barely out of the car when a first of season barn swallow landed on a power line in the parking lot! I was able to get a couple of shots before the wind blew him off the line and he flew away.
At the front pond, the only birds that I could photograph were the common grackles all around. The day seemed to be leaning towards a quiet one, but I pressed on looking for wildlife to photograph.
At the community gardens, I looked for the killdeer I had seen previous times, but I didn’t find him. I did find a pair of brown-headed cowbirds that got unbelievably close. I figured that was good enough to give them the headlining shot for the article. 😛
The back ponds had several butterflies fluttering about, including question marks and eastern commas. Still, it was much quieter than I expected. Seeing that we hadn’t gotten any rain in a while, I decided to hike some of the trails that are usually muddy.
At one point on during this trail hike, both crows and a red-shouldered hawk were making quite a bit of noise. It made me wonder if there was an owl nearby, so I watched and waited. After 20 minutes, it went silent, so I continued on. I actually didn’t anything else the rest of hike, but I think I got a fair amount of photos to share.
Photos from Vassar Farm (click photos to enlarge)