Had a wonderful morning at the Watershed! Here is my ebird report for today

 This is a great place to see a large variety of birds and habitats all
smooshed into a 1 mile trail.

 I saw at least 5 little blue herons, 3 green herons, 2 great blue herons,
3 great egrets, and to my delight a flock of at least 10 killdeer flying
about... not to mention the others on the ground,

 A nice look at a Yellow billed cuckoo and a longer look at a ruby throated
atop a small sapling.

This is a great area to discover the stages of growth that Canada Geese,
Wood Ducks, and Mallards go through as all three breed here in surprising
numbers considering the size of the place

. A White Eyed Vireo played the fashion photography model for me for a bit
allowing me a rare glimpse of that white eye (FINALLY!!!!). I don't know if
they are rare around here but I was blessed with extraordinary views of a
pair of Mississippi Kites that have been patroling the Center in past
weeks, really able to see their white heads, and lighter patches of the
upper wings, as well as the fabulous russet that flashes at the edges of
their upper wings.They soar so close you can almost see the red of their
eyes.  I witnessed lovely hunting maneuvers such as diving and stooping
(though no successes) and really got a chance to study their prowess at
manipulating air currents (which is why they have the name "kite" I

The more common: Common Yellowthroat, Northern Cardinal, Red Winged
Blackbird, Northern Rough Winged-Barn-Tree-Bank Swallows, Brown Thrasher,
Northern Mockingbird, Starling/Grackle/Amer.-Fish Crows,Downy-Hairy-Red
Bellied Woodpeckers. Chimney Swifts, Goldfinch, Song Sparrow, Black
Capped/Carolina Chickadees (who can tell the difference in this area!!!!),
Tufted Titmouse, Carolina Wrens all put in many an appearance as well!!

 Not included in the "common" category due to the fact that I find them
thrilling to watch are Belted Kingfishers. I have seen up to SIX at once
perched in the dead tree in the first lake/pond on the entrance path.  You
are almost guaranteed to get fantastic views of this bird every time you

  Great for beginning birders (due to the ease of viewing and the variety)
and Experienced ones (as the birds are used to people running, walking,
jogging, taking their kids, teenagers, and there is a bike trail adjacent
to the Center so they get all up close and personal if you are quiet and

 Not to mention the occasional chipmunk and muskrat and "unidentified
weasel/mink like creature", I see deer about 40% of the time I go there
(bucks in winter), squirrels of course but there is also at least one
active beaver community there, dutifully damming the overflow and munching
on the many available flora that grow there.

I highly advise you to check this place out and donate a bit maybe (if the
Visitor's Center is open that is:) ) and promise you won't be

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