THE BIRDS ARE BACK AND SO AM I

I haven’t been out to the refuge for a couple of months due to personal commitments. But two days ago I attended a meeting of Volunteer Naturalists, and when it was over I took my first walk and pictures of the autumn. There’s limited water so far. Filling the big wetlands flats is called the flood-up, and it’s only partially complete. Some ducks are back with much more migratory waterfowl to come.

The last time I saw the ponds where my friends–the invertebrates and amphibians–live was totally dry. Now the west pond is partly filled and I’m sure life is returning.

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The great thing about this time of year is that, although a lot of autumn leaves are gone, the low angle of the sunlight is mellow and beautiful even in the afternoon.

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