The first day and a half I dedicated to fishing because without fish there would have been one day of no dinner unless we made the trek to a restaurant.
The day before we went up to the lake there was a Mayfly hatch of a decent size. This meant that birds were feasting quite well and quite easily. One of those birds that enjoyed the bounty is the Eastern Kingbird.
This individual was soaking up the morning sun before the heat of the day started baking everything. If you look closely on the branch that it is sitting on the second branch up from its right side (that is pointing down) has a Mayfly hanging off of it. Something I just noticed as I was writing this.
In the late afternoon/early evening my mom and I took a walk to see what we could see and get a sense of what possible wildlife might be around.
Mockingbird or should I say a Mockingbird family was using the tree to survey the scenery. The way this guy was puffed up it did not look like a Mockingbird at first so it peaked out curiosity.
There were dozens and dozens of this species (Eastern Bluebird) in a small area around the garden. I have never seen them in this quantity before unless it was over a large area in the span of a day. I even saw juvenile birds which might explain the numbers but it also shows that the area is quite healthy and is a testament to those families that live in the area both part time and full time.
Cardinals were everywhere and they were buzzing back and forth across the road we were walking on so I stopped and looked to see why because this was not a behavior that I see often. The answer was a few fledglings. They definitely might fall into the so ugly it is cute category.
Later that evening closer to sunset we decided to take a short walk and see if anything new was out.
Not much new or visible was out but this little flower did catch my eye.
We were however treated to some beautiful colors back to the east in the clouds. Stay tuned for day 2.....