July 28, 2009 3:00 pm
Not the ideal time for birding, but it was the only time that would work for Pamela, so we went anyway.
We saw lots of ducks on Mud Lake – Mallards, Blacks, Blue-winged and Green-winged Teal, Wood Ducks and a Gadwall with young. We saw no showy males, which makes me think that they are now in eclipse plumage. We saw a Great-crested Flycatcher, lots of Cedar Waxwings, a couple of Great Blue Herons, several American Goldfinches and a Gray Catbird.
There was actually more action on the other wildlife front. There were many Painted Turtles, but we did not see any other species. We had a close encounter with a White-tailed Deer and a Muskrat and saw the largest American Toad I have ever seen.