We stopped at
just outside of Venosta and hiked a couple of km along the bike path. Jane and Sami had seen a family of Sandhill
Cranes here recently and also an Upland Sandpiper. Well, we saw neither, but there were lots of
birds - and Song Sparrows,
Common Yellowthroats, American Goldfinches, American Robins, Ring-billed Gulls,
European Starlings and a Brown Thrasher.
For mammals we had a Racoon and a White-tailed Deer. Savannah
Then we carried on to the cottage.
There were virtually no berries due to the drought, but we saw a few nice birds, including a White-throated Sparrow, and Eastern Phoebe and an American Kestrel.
The fields were full of Savannah Sparrows and also a darker bird which I had to look up - female Indigo Buntings. Barbara spotted an Eastern Kingbird too.
We stopped on the way back to check out the decorative rocks, and I spotted an adult male Common Yellowthroat (all the previous one had been juveniles).
Unfortunately, we were not able to get a photo. Later, while watching the Purple Finches and Red-breasted Nuthatches around the feeders, we saw a Brown Creeper on the tree behind. The Creeper and the Thrasher were numbers 106 and 107 on our cottage list. We also had some brief visits from a Ruby throated Hummingbird, both Downy and Hairy woodpeckers and Blue Jays throughout the weekend.