This morning I met a friend of mine at Mead Gardens. We a very nice time there, though there weren’t many birds to speak of there. We saw or heard five species of warbler: Ovenbird, American Redstart, Common Yellowthroat, Northern Parula, and a Black and White Warbler. We also had fun watching a Great Egret preening, a couple Great Blue Herons were in the stream and lake shore. A Cooper’s Hawk also made an appearance by the lake shore, swooping down over a couple White Ibises.
Since there weren’t a lot of birds, we turned our attention to other wildlife. We saw a couple non-native species, including a Brown Anole and a Red-eared Slider.
But there were also many Eastern Pondhawk dragonflies there, including this beautiful female. And a Rat Snake fell out a tree near us; I have to say, this is probably the prettiest snake I’ve ever seen.