Saturday at William Land Park

I was up around 6:00 again this morning, and headed out with the dog for a walk at William Land Park and the WPA Rock Garden.

As luck would have it I got to see more birds in the pond at the park today than I did at the nature preserve yesterday – including a Great Blue Heron, a Green Heron and a Belted Kingfisher.  The herons and Kingfisher were all looking for breakfast, and I think the county must’ve just stocked the pond with fry because I could see them jumping and splashing all over the place.  I didn’t get to see any of the birds catch any of the fish, though.  I got some good shots of the herons, but the Kingfisher was too far away and hiding up in a tree.  ((I got fuzzy images, but nothing good.))  Based on its markings it was female…  They’re so pretty; one of the few bird species in which the female is more colorful than the male.

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While we were walking around the pond, some golfer hit a wicked hook and his ball flew straight my head and into the water.  I was lucky it didn’t me – or ones of the ducks!  The golfer came by later looking for it and I told it was drown out in the middle of the pond.  His caddy laughed and said he’d never seen anyone do that before… The golfer wasn’t particularly amused, though.

This time of year, the plants in the WPA Rock Garden are on their last legs and battening down for the coming winter, to there weren’t a lot of flowers to see in there.  I was hoping to see some praying mantises, but I think it was still too chilly for them (they’d probably come out later in the afternoon).  The dog and I walked around for about 2 ½  hours then headed back home.