Liz Lackey and I kayaked for many hours today in Fairfield Swamp.
What a great place! A few highlights first:
Once we got past the put-in, which reeked of dead fish and bits of
frog, the air was full of a citrus-with-a-touch-of-vanilla smell from
many yellow bull lilies and many thousand white pond lilies. There
were frogs on lily pads everywhere. We also watched several Red-
Winged Blackbirds walking and hopping on lily pads, apparently
feeding on the flowers. The birdsí heads were smeared with what
appeared to be yellow pollen. One female had an entirely yellow
Two otters swam right in front of us, one lifting its large head way
out of the water to stare (glare) at us while making noises that were
between huffs and growls. (There was a strong wind and we were
downwind of the otters, so we got much closer than the animals would
have liked before they noticed us.)
There were too many Great Blue Herons and Swamp Sparrows to count or
even accurately guess. Iíd loosely estimate a singing Swamp Sparrow
every twenty yards and two dozen Great Blue Herons.
Two Pied-Billed Grebes did an amazingly loud duet.
There are at least two Osprey nests in the area, one a large
structure on a big dead tree. There were two good-sized youngsters in
that nest. At one time, we saw six adults in the air in addition to
the two young.
Here's the whole bird list:
Hooded Merganser 1
Pied-billed Grebe 2
American Bittern - possibly 4 individuals
Least Bittern 1
Great Blue Herons everywhere!
Turkey Vulture 1
Sharp-shinned Hawk 1 The hawk had a small bird in its talons.
(We didn't identify the prey.)
Yellow-billed Cuckoo 1
Belted Kingfisher 3
Pileated Woodpecker 1
Great Crested Flycatcher
Marsh Wren 1
Gray Catbird 1
Chestnut-sided Warbler 1
Black-throated Green Warbler 1
Northern Waterthrush - 1 or possibly 2
Common Yellowthroat 1
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