The Early Bird Catches the . . .

Today we went out to Wirth Park to hike the trails and finished with a walk around the lake. Kenobi really enjoys this hike, and it’s close to where we live, so we go a lot in the summer. The Eloise Butler Wildflower Garden is located in the woods, too, so there are plenty of birds to capture. I haven’t been to the Garden yet–no dogs allowed.

This is a Ring-Billed Gull having a difficult time with brunch. I caught this as we were heading back to the car. It is right at the swimming beach!

We also caught a sparrow, Downy Woodpecker, hawk, Red-Winged Black Bird,  and Robin. Everyone was out enjoying the sun or cooling off in the shade.

Kenobi’s first interaction with Garter Snakes did not end-up well. Suddenly, he pounced on some leaves along the trail. Turns out it’s a nest. I didn’t look into the damage he caused, but did manage to keep him from catching a bright yellow one. A pale green snake, maybe more remained still in the nest. On the way back, a snake was worse for the wear, but I don’t think it was Kenobi who got to it. A larger yellow snake rushed away as Kenobi tried his best to get it. It seemed as if we were surrounded the way Kenobi kept charging all around us.

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Kenobi was doing his best to pull logs from the ponds–working hard!

A couple other critters we captured enjoying the beautiful Sunday morning:

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