Saturday was very cool and windy and I saw no Snow Geese in the morning. I took a walk along the marsh side of the beach where I found Whitetail or Sika Deer footprints in the sand leading in and out of the patches of scrub where they bed down, but the deer themselves were nowhere to be found. My search for Sika Deer continues! The ocean beach was deserted…I guess the shorebirds, and even the fisherman, were staying out of the wind!
I ventured out again in the afternoon and spent some time photographing a Great Egret along the main refuge road. After a few lunges for small fish he fluffed and shook himself…it’s amazing how birds can lift each feather independently of the others and then settle everything back into place. While I was hunkered down in the grasses observing the egret, I lost my balance and sat in a patch of cockleburs! EeeeYowwww! I had to pick dozens of cockleburs out of my rear before I could get back in the car! Such is the life of a wildlife artist/photographer!
The Wildlife Loop opens to cars at 3:00pm and that’s where I found a small gathering of Snow Geese in the refuge ponds. Again due to the late migration, there were only small flocks of Shovelers, Gadwalls, Widgeons and Black Ducks way out in the ponds. Enjoy the photos and keep on the lookout for Part 4 of my trip which will be posted in a few days!