Sora’s and American bittern were heard, a number of Virginia rails sounded off with their pig-like grunts and we were fortunate to catch a glimpse of one as it weaved between the marsh grasses, one very boisterous marsh wren put on a spectacular display right in front of our vantage spot (we even got to watch it do some nest building!), and a white-tailed deer approached very close to The Muck blind that we were standing in!
All in all I tallied 29 species of birds, 4 species of mammal (deer, chipmunk, rabbit, and beaver), and 4 species of amphibian (American toad, pickerel frog, spring peeper, and eastern spotted newt).
We finished the tour by driving half a mile up the road to the great blue heron rookery which was as awesome as ever! With fresh leaves emerging in the treetops the nests are blending in a little more but it’s clear that some of the young have hatched and are being fed by the adults.
Open our eyes, our ears, our noses, our minds, and our hearts, loving God, to take in all of the beauty that surrounds us; and following the example of Jesus, to care for wildlife and wild spaces with the same level of attentiveness with which we care for our own bodies.