A chilly start this morning but temperatures quickly rose to around 65. A light southwest breeze ushered in warm air to replace that of a cold front that came through Thursday night. With the change in daylight savings time, I was able to get an early start. My intent was to try and scope the Kestrel this morning but that quickly changed when a group of crows harrassed the poor bird out of the area. I was quite concerned for a while as there were so many crows that ganged up. I got one quick unprepared shot as it flew to a nearby tree trying to escape. The aerial acrobatics that followed were quite amazing to watch.
Lots of Eastern Blue Birds, Pine Warblers, White-Throated Sparrows and Song Sparrows about. I started watching a Red-Bellied Woodpecker that was flying from tree to tree. I could see it was carrying something and it finally came close enough to see. It must have thought it had a grand prize. After a couple of more trees, it finally found one where it stashed the pecan and moved on.
On to the park. I was taking my time on the main bridge over the pond searching for the pair a pair of Wood Ducks that have come in. All of a sudden a group of mallards scattered. As I searched for what spooked them, I could see the water moving. The otter was having a great time stirring everything up.
I continued down the trail beside the creek hoping to get them where I suspect their den is. The creek splits so I think they took the branch that did not run beside the trail.
As I was standing overlooking the marsh, a Brown Thrasher flew in right beside me. It seemed very curious as to what I kept looking at. If only all birds were so unafraid and willing to come so close.