Tuesday, September 14, 2010
Hey! Who pulled the plug? When the sun came out this afternoon after a dreary damp morning, I headed to Mud Pond in Moreau Lake State Park, hoping to see lots of dragonflies flitting about the open water. But there's not much open water left. I know our summer was kind of dry, but I've never seen Mud Pond so low. A few groups of geese were waddling about on Water Lily mats, probably wondering What the heck? Where'd our swimming hole go?
And surprise! Somebody else was out there, too. A pretty rare visitor to these parts, this long-billed, stilt-legged, snow-white bird. I would have called it an egret, but my friend Sue told me it's a white heron.
After searching several internet sites, I learned that Great White Herons are strictly southern birds, and they have yellow legs. My photo's not very clear, but I seem to detect black legs. So which is it: heron or egret? Or is an egret just a white heron? Maybe somebody out there knows and will enlighten me.
I'm off tomorrow for a two-night vacation up north at Elk Lake Lodge. If there's one single most beautiful spot in the Adirondacks, Elk Lake is it, with its numerous islands and spectacular views of the high peaks rising just to the north. No computer access, though, so I won't be posting any blogs until I get back. For sure, though, I'm taking my camera. So stay tuned.