Deer, birds make recent trip a success

Posted May 01, 2012, at 10:37 a.m.

One of my favorite places to hike is Sunkhaze Meadows National Wildlife Refuge. It’s near my home and has several interesting and well groomed trails. It’s a great pace.

Not too long ago, during some recent warm weather, I hiked the Oak Point Trail and got to see and photograph some great critters. The garter snake was first to greet me. I almost stepped on him. Several blue-headed vireos came trail side to check my progress and along the hardwood ridge, just before coming out on to the meadows, several hermit thrushes announced their availability for a image or two.

The northern flicker and the yellow-bellied sapsucker bid me farewell as I departed the refuge.

The two white-tailed deer were hanging out in a field behind the Webber Oil building on Stillwater Avenue, a popular Old Town location for deer.