Wednesday, May 4, 2016

Wildlife Attack

A nice walk with several interesting wildlife sightings around Lake Kittamaqundi on Monday afternoon was capped by birds mobbing a black rat snake in a tree. Photos further below show a crow forcing the snake out of the tree, and the reptile eventually dropped into the water. Noisy jays and grackles and a pair of red-shouldered hawks were raising the alarm.

(Top photo is a great blue heron standing in the lower level of the spillway stream at the lake's south end.)

Above: A mother hairy woodpecker -- unseen youngsters in the nest cavity were quite audible.

A muskrat was a silent witness to the bird and snake commotion.

A phoebe over the stream from Wilde Lake