And what a day it was! I along with a few other hardy souls braved a morning drizzle (maybe we weren’t all that hardy) at the old Bri Mar Stables on Moody Bridge Road in Hadley, now part of the Silvi0 O. Conte Fish and Wildlife Refuge. Kestrel Land Trust, along with Trust for Public Lands and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service worked tirelessly to preserve this land, which could have been a 140 house subdivision. Now it is a hot spot for migratory birds looking for food, mates, and a safe harbor on their journey north. As part of a Kestrel sponsored outing, we had the great opportunity to celebrate the day with one of the Valley’s best naturalists, Dave King. Amazing! We saw or heard almost 50 different species of birds including a brown thrasher, indigo bunting, baltimore and orchard orioles, rose breasted grosbeaks…the list goes on and on! Here’s some pictures from the day. Remember to click on them to enlarge:
A balitmore oriole with not much light for photography.
Check out the markings on this bobolink! Yes, they are back in the fields by Bri Mar!
A Brown Thrasher was telling everyone he is single and hip!
A female rose-breasted grosbeak was collecting materials for a nest.
So was a cute little field sparrow who will make its home at Bri Mar.
This is my first great crested fly catcher!
Indigo buntings never disappoint. Although they are usually shy, this one really wanted his picture taken, click!
And a myrtle warbler, you may want to click on the image to make it bigger, to truly enjoy its markings.
Here is a very cute nashville warbler, pronounced nashvull if you live below the Mason-Dixon line…
A very veery thrush, probably up from South America! Now that’s a commute…
When we weren’t looking up, we were looking down at all the wildflowers at our feet!
This is a false hellebore. Its very poisonous so no eating any of it
wood anemone….country folk of old concluded that woodland fairies nestled within the curled-up petals, having first pulled the curtains around themselves.
Aha, Jack and the pulpit!
and one of my favorites, trout lilies…
There is a new group forming to help manage this incredible refuge!