I got up around 7:00 am today, and headed out to the Effie Yeaw Nature Preserve. It was 38° and overcast outside when I got there, and sunny and 51° when I left.
At the nature preserve, I somehow accidentally put my camera on a “small image” setting, so I lost some of the resolution in the photos. That’s so irritating. It doesn’t tell you when it’s switched from large to mall, and the only way I know it’s been altered is by looking at the number of available photos (tiny number in the upper right corner of the view finder). But I still managed to get some fairly good shots.
The first thing I saw was the Mule Deer buck with the wonky antlers (the tips bend backwards; make him very distinctive). That was a nice way to start my walk. I ended up seeing dozens of deer along the trail, including about six bucks. There was one place on the trail where I was watching two of the big bucks walking out from a stand of trees and while I’m taking photos of them, a guy comes up behind me on the trail. He watched me take photos for a little while and then said quietly, “Did you see the one right behind you?” I turned around and found a huge buck just sitting there in the grass looking right at me. Hah! I’m so observant.
At another point on the trail I came across an Acorn Woodpecker that was stashing stuff under the bark of an old scag of a tree. As I approached, the bird made it clear he didn’t want me near “his” tree, and clung to the bark chattering angrily at me and raising his head feathers. I got a little video of that.
I watched a gull trying to get the last morsels out of a salmon skeleton, and several Wild Turkeys “in strut”. One posed for me so I got some close-ups of his face. And I also saw Northern Flickers, Mallards, Wood Ducks, Goldeneye Ducks, Bufflehead, Herring Gulls, Ring-Billed Gulls, Spotted Sandpiper, Red-Shouldered Hawk, and a Scrub Jay taking a bath in a pond. It was a good “nature morning”.
I walked for about 3 hours and then headed home.