And away they go! The tamest deer I've ever encountered. They'd be running near the rail trail and be passing runners and walkers who didn't seem at all phased by this so I'm guessing they're regulars as well as the people who use the rail trail for exercise and recreation.
On my walk I could hear two Common Loon's but was disappointed I didn't see any so was thrilled to see a close up juvenile nearby.
Let me tell you the size of the juve threw me off some considering how small they were during the Forbush trip just two short weeks ago.
I'd stop here for a bit to take advantage of the close view as I really wanted to get a feel for its overall behavior and really wanted to see it dive. What would be funny is the bird at first seemed hesitant to do a complete dive. In fact, it would dunk its head under water similar to how a young child first learns how to swim which was funny to see.
It would also take some time to do some preening and just loafing around. Soon enough a flock of Canada Geese would land by and the loon would head toward them, why I don't know. Finally the bird decided to get brave enough for a dive so I watched to see where it would end up.
Which would be the same area it dove from! This would be the other highlight of the day for me besides the deer of course.
I'd finally make me way toward gate 36 and hear a chip note I'd never head before so decided to investigate and this is what I'd see.
A drab, brownish bird so the 1st thing that comes to mind is American Pipit but I doubted it due to the time of year. The second thought was a juvenile Eastern Meadowlark, but wouldn't find any adults nearby to confirm this as I don't know the juves of this type of bird. It would finally take to flight and the first thing I'd notice was the white sides of the tail which I found interesting and made sure to note it as it was something I'd never really paid much attention to in an Eastern Meadowlark. I'd get home and get my picture up on my screen along side my Sibley's and sure enough this is a juve meadowlark. I'm really loving seeing the juveniles this year as it's really helping me learn as they often look nothing like their parents which I learned today. I also had no idea what their chip note sounded like and found it interesting considering how beautiful and complex their song is.
Example of the call I heard
So all in all I'd get in about a 5 mile leisurely walk and see many birds and other signs of wild life which was the perfect way to end the week. Seriously if your'e looking for a nice walk to do that's not too difficult I suggest giving it a try. This would be the first time I'd walk this entire section and will be something I'll be doing again because it was very relaxing and enjoyable which is just what I needed today.
Take care all