It is moments like this that I live for, discovery, adventure, and fun in nature. This is the reason I am passionate about science, we have natural inquiring minds and finding something out of the ordinary really gets my heart pumping. In the moment of sighting that bird I know I was smiling, I know I ran across the patch of grass between paths to follow it, I know I exclaimed out loud to myself (like the crazy animal lady that I am) "Oh my God, is that really a kite?!" That my friends, was some serious passion and love of nature happening, right there - and also pure happiness, something I very much needed.
On Thursday, 4/17, I went for a walk in Prospect Park, to escape the continuous lesson planning I have been doing in my preparation to return to school next week. My walk was overcast, breezy, and COLD. So cold, I wished that I had gloves and a scarf on. By time I got home my hands were red, chapped, and icy cold. Spring made a brief appearance, and then it snowed two days later. I wonder what toll this weather is taking on the inhabitants of Prospect Park. The highlight of my walk was a Louisiana water thrush, a palm warbler (my first for the year), and a red tail hawk, perched up in a tree.
|A mallard drake is in pursuit of a hen in front of the Boat House.|
|This Chipmunk came out of hibernation and is NOT impressed with the weather.|
|My first (of many) palm warbler sighting of the year.|
|A Louisiana water thrush foraging in the upper pool.|
|Can you find the water thrush? A really great show of this animals' ability to camouflage!|
|I always love a fat squirrel...|
|Red tail hawks also love a fat squirrel...|
|Perched on one foot, feathers fluffed up, keeping warm as the wind blows over the cold neathermead.|
|Who's watching who?|