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Wednesday, July 28, 2010

May 29, 2010 3-4pm sunny 80' Fisherville Audubon, Exeter, RI

After an extensive detour and spending twenty minutes behind a crowd of happy (and very noisy) vehicles slowly celebrating Memorial Day we decided to turn around and try a different route to Fisherville - ten minutes later we were there.

There were many backyard birds around: Chickadees, a Mourning Dove, 2 catbirds, Tree Swallows, a Downy Woodpecker, a Towhee, a Wood Thrush, a Kingbird and maybe a House Wren. We did have some interesting species like a female Hooded Merganser. We heard a Prairie Warbler singing somewhere off in the distance and an Ovenbird serenaded us from deep in the woods with his rollicking song. He is rock and roller of the bird world.

Dragonflies skitter by on their four paper thin wings. Frogs and toads hopped about the forest floor. Wood Frogs (the cheetahs of the amphibian realm) and American Toads (toads are thick and heavy animals that are comparable to a woodland Hippopotomas. Though they're notably slower than the 30 miles an hour that the African Hippo can run, they can really move when they feel like it!).

An odd male Mallard which seemed to be part albino (or maybe just a domestic) stood on a rock in the middle of the pond watching the wildlife come and go while we watched him stay. The only species we missed out on were the Eastern Bluebirds that were almost always here.

It was an enjoyable walk all in all.

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