click to playThis video shows a female towhee preening her feathers shortly after the rain ended.
I saw several mushrooms during my hike including this one. Does anyone know what type of mushroom this is?
As you walk through Cockaponsett Forest, you will find remnants left behind by the Civilian Conservation Corps, a work relief program started by President Roosevelt, for young men from unemployed families. This forest was once home to three CCC camps. With the way the economy has been going lately, maybe they should start construction on a new camp!
The trail system was well-maintained; thanks to volunteers like these.
I came across this little salamander enjoying the rainy conditions. It was actually red, but it lit up like a neon sign when I used the flash.
I also visited Rocky Hill Meadows . This is a good place to go when it rains because you can drive around and watch birds through your car window. The American Golden-Plovers were still around, along with Buff-breasted Sandpiper and Stilt Sandpiper (neither of which was seen by me but were reported by others).
I did see quite a few American Pipits for the first time this Fall. This is a photo of an American Pipit that was taken in 2006. It is worth clicking on this photo to get the full view, which shows a surprising amount of detail. I took some more photos of pipits sitting in mud but the photos were very drab.
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I will leave you with a short video of the American Golden-Plover ploving around in the grass.
"I'm looking over a Golden-Plover that I overlooked before. It's searching- for morsels- out in the rain... People driving past me -think I'm insane.." :)