One of my favorite things to do in spring is to grab some field gear and walk, slowly and without purpose. It’s exhilarating, the vivid colors, species richness and animal activities teasing all of the senses. A purpose may materialize around the next bend in the trail, or not. The anticipation alone is a recreational high. And the rewards invariably appear.
Great Crested Flycatcher, nest-building
Midland Painted Turtle; searching for a wetland habitat
Blue-winged Warbler, foraging for insects in a wild apple tree
Wood Frog in a moist, poorly drained woodland habitat
Flowers and developing leaves of a mature Red Oak tree
Baltimore Oriole, male, foraging on insects (possibly nectar too) on a wild apple tree in full bloom
11-month-old white-tailed deer, buck, browsing on the new foliage of woody plants
The mother of the young buck, feeding on the new leaves of Sugar Maple
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