I went to McGinnis Slough yesterday morning. It’s been on my mind for a week, and since there isn’t a lot of trail on the east side by LaGrange Road, I decided I could manage it with my knee, which I later took to the pool for a therapeutic swim. The Slough, of course, looks more like a bog.
But it was good to be somewhere else for a change and at first I didn’t see very much. There was a nice Eastern Kingbird. This seems to be the bird of the week.
The Rose Mallow is in full bloom. I always look forward to seeing this.
There was a beautiful Great Black Wasp on some Queen Anne’s Lace.
Walking north toward the overlook of the slough, I saw two Eastern Kingbirds in the Elderberry.
And there was an obligatory Rabbit.
There are usually a lot of dragonflies here but it was cool and a bit overcast so I only managed to capture this Blue Dasher Dragonfly and a Blue Fronted Dancer Damselfly, species I have been seeing all summer.
There seemed to be what looked like Evening Primrose all over the place. I used to have some in my yard years ago.
There was virtually nothing to see without a scope over the slough, and I could barely make out seven or eight Great Egrets, but that was a sign of things to come.
As I walked back south along the trail that follows some nearby open water, such as it is, I encountered a few delightful House Finches. They appeared to be juveniles and as curious about me as I was about them.
And then, through the tall grass, I saw a Great Egret perched on top of a branch of a fallen log that I have seen other birds on before.
As I tried to capture the Great Egret clearly through the grass, I noticed something else. Lo and behold, two Trumpeter Swans and their three Cygnets. I saw this configuration last year, but it must have been earlier because the Cygnets were much smaller. It’s good to see these three have survived to this age.
It then became evident that the Wood Ducks were hanging out on their favorite fallen log nearby.
Here’s a closer cropped image of the transforming male in the tree above.
But that’s not all that was going on. There was a Great Blue Heron behind all the ducks.
I was back there for some time, and not terribly far away from the birds, but I guess they felt safe behind all that grass that got in the way of my photos.
Then at some point another Great Blue Heron flew over, squawking somewhat vociferously,
There wasn’t too much to look at in the rest of the open water, but this little group was nice.
On my way out, as I stopped to look at something in a tree, I noticed there were three Great Egrets perched in another tree which reminded me of how this place used to look years ago when there were scores of them.
Needless to say I was restored by my encounter with these birds. And then swimming made it a nearly perfect day as I was able to work on my knee without injuring it further. I’m trying everything. Exercise, different shoes, whatever. It’s encouraging. Then I celebrated by getting my second Covid-19 booster, figuring it was probably a good idea to get it done before choir rehearsals start soon. The booster has left me feeling a little down, but I guess that means I needed it. Who knows? Everything is a gamble these days. Playing fast and loose with an ice pack on the futon.