Elk Lake. That way we were certain to come upon a great blue heron busy fishing before it was startled off by someone else. That had worked the year before, after all.
It’s a fool’s errand, really, to try and second guess where the birds you’re aiming for will be. This year, despite several outings on the Lake, we caught only glimpses of a heron flying overhead. Near the Landing, where last year cedar waxwings were abundant, this year we found not one.
In the end, what happens on the Lake is not that you find the birds, but they find you. All you can do is try to be ready and, mission impossible though it is, keep the canoe positioned so the light is at your back and not the bird’s.
Or you’ll be sitting at Wagon Wheel Landing, and warblers will flit maddeningly in the trees, just out of sight. Or, while you’re busy looking for that great blue heron, a flotilla of ducklings will appear, under the watchful eye of a mother duck.
The birds in the slide show include the American Robin, American Black Duck, Black-and-White Warbler, Black-Capped Chickadee, Cedar Waxwing, Common Loon, Common Merganser (female and fledglings), Great Blue Heron, Hermit Thrush (best guess), Ring-Necked Duck (female and ducklings), Ruby-Throated Hummingbird, and Song Sparrow.
For a related post, about Elk Lake, click here.