Deer, birds make recent trip a success

Posted May 01, 2012, at 10:37 a.m.
A white-tailed deer feeds in Old Town.
Dave Small
A white-tailed deer feeds in Old Town.
Meandering deer take notice of a photographer.
Dave Small
Meandering deer take notice of a photographer.
A blue-headed vireo.
Dave Small
A blue-headed vireo.
A garter snake looks for a meal.
Dave Small
A garter snake looks for a meal.
A hermit thrush.
Dave Small
A hermit thrush.
A northern flicker finds a perch.
Dave Small
A northern flicker finds a perch.
A pine sisken checks out the swamp.
Dave Small
A pine sisken checks out the swamp.
A yellow-bellied sapsucker gets to work.
Dave Small
A yellow-bellied sapsucker gets to work.

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.

 

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