At the beginning of the summer, I made a vow that my husband and I would go away somewhere for a few days. It didn’t matter where – just away. Somehow it hasn’t happened. Arrangements have to be made to care for three cats, a dog and two horses, and somehow things just didn’t come together.
So when Wednesday turned out to be such a perfect late summer day – sunny, but not too hot, we took a drive up to a National Wildlife Refuge about an hour north of us. We should have been home, fixing fences and working on that wretched tractor, but it was so worth the trip! We saw literally hundreds of Egrets, at least a dozen Great Blue Herons, a pair of Tundra Swans with young, Cormorants, a variety of ducks and wading birds and at least two Kingfishers.
There were a great many thistles growing along the side of the park road, which attracted Goldfinches by the hundred. They were quick to fly away when we approached, but I did manage to get a couple of good shots of one male.
We spent more than three hours there and hope to go back soon. As Fall approaches, there should be even more birds to see and photograph as they begin their migration South.