Stoney Creek (Wintergreen) 8/12/11

All photos are Marshall Faintich

I took a different route early this afternoon, and walked along the Deer Run pine forest and then along the east side of Sawmill Creek ponds # 6, 5, and 4. I saw a Red-eyed Vireo eating its lunch, a few Phoebes, Cardinals, Crows, and White-breasted Nuthatches. There were eastern painted and snapping turtles in the ponds.

Red-eyed Vireo

Snapping turtle

Eastern painted turtles

As I approached the north end of pond # 6, a Great Blue Heron flew away. But it was a Green Heron in pond # 4 that stole the show. When it saw me, it flew a little farther away, and with a stick in it mouth was either showing me its Groucho Marx "say the magic word" duck impression, or perhaps thought that the stick made for good camouflague.

Green Heron

Green Heron

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