Walked the causeway from Colchester this morning.
To the west we saw loose rafts of Canada geese and Common goldeneyes.
Also a few Greater blacked-backed gulls.
The white goose bottoms provided an interesting contrast against the dark
backs of their comrades.
Also saw 2 common loons, 2 or 3 Horned grebes, 2 pairs of mallards,and 1
Chickadee crossing the trail as we were approaching the parking area on our
The highlight of the day was a beautiful female lesser Scaup swimming by
herself just a few feet off the East side of the causeway. We couldn't help
but wonder if her mate had been taken by a successful hunter.
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We could not help but be impressed by the seeming profusion of wildflowers
along the causeway.
There were numerous knapweed and white sweet clover all along the route to
the cut. Also a fair number of Purple (stemmed?) asters, Vipers bugloss, Daisy
Fleabane, and Goldenrod. Several of the Goldenrod looked as bright yellow as
you would expect in September.
Also saw idividual specimens of (yellow) cinquefoil, Dandelion and Oxeye daisy.
Lastly, about halfway out, a dark shrew scurried acoss the trail from East to
West about 20 feet in front of us.
A rewarding walk (as it always is).