Today I met up with Kathie of Sycamore Canyon. What fun to meet her! She is absolutely a bird genius.
It is so pleasurable to spend time with someone who is willing to share their interest and knowledge. Hopefully, Kathie will post some of the pictures that she took today when she gets back to her home computer.
We had lunch at the Boiler Room in Wilton and joked about how our friends and family worried about us meeting a friend from our blogs.
Kathie remembered from living in this area a few years ago that there were some trails on the far side of Wilson Lake, so we jumped in her rental car and headed around the lake. We found the trails on land owned and managed by the Foothills Land Conservancy
The first bird that we saw was an Eastern Kingbird. It was proudly sitting on a fence rail, then it snagged a bug and flew up to a telephone wire to gobble it up. That first bird was followed by so many more. There were cedar waxwings, common yellow-throated warblers, downy woodpeckers (oh they are so cute), and others including one really special one that I will let Kathie describe when she gets back home and starts posting again.
Last week I made a vanity vs. comfort decision and after 30 years in contact lenses, decided that I was switching to glasses. I discovered today that the binoculars work much better with contacts, so I may switch back. So many decisions, so little time.
The land where we found the birds was a beautiful wild area at the headwaters of Wilson Lake.
The trail was mown through grassy meadows it was a perfect habitat for birds, wildflowers and mosquitoes
It was a great day or as we say in western Maine, it was "wicked". Kathie is a lovely, classy lady with a brain full of bird knowledge and hopefully not an immune system coping with some mosquito born illness (I couldn't help but google to see the potential--malaria, west nile virus......)
Thanks for the great day, Kathie!