Monday, April 11, 2011
I went on to check out a couple of feeders in town but there was nothing special around. It was around 10:30 when I returned home and was going to try to be productive.
I was sauntering down the trail, scanning the water's edge for the Great Egret and listening for small birds in the trees. I heard a Fox Sparrow in the distance and spotted several Juncos flitting about as well as a Blue Jay.
I followed the postings last year on the Discussion Group and frequently saw that a Black-backed Woodpecker was at Long Pond. I made more than a dozen trips in pursuit but had no luck. Now, for a few moments, I had this great bird all to myself. It worked its way up the tree then moved to another and then another, never straying more than 10 feet away. It moved from the shadowy south side of the trail to the north side where it glistened in the sunlight.
I stayed with this powerhouse for more than a half an hour and was later joined by other photographers who, too, had come to Long Pond in search of the Great Egret. Since I had already enjoyed my private viewing of the Black-backed Woodpecker, I moved on to once again try to see the Great Egret.