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It’s only lunchtime and I’ve already had such nice encounters with nature today.  This morning I took Pippin for a walk in a nearby field.  It used to be just a regular old field, then there was talk of it becoming a park with lights for sports fields, which was happily nixed, and now it has a little tiny parking area and a sign saying it’s the future home of a park.  I would really love for it to stay as is, or be more of a nature area because it was so nice to tramp around the sort of path.  They’ve put up several birdhouses and with the river nearby, as well as plenty of brush, it’s a wonderful bird habitat. I feel like I need to suggest to the town that they sow a wildflower meadow, because that would also be great.

Then, on my way to pick up Tabby from preschool I saw an egret (heron? I’m looking around trying to find the definitive difference between heron and egret and it seems to do with plumage. or feet color.)right on the edge of the road. I’ve seen them by the river lots of times, but never one so close. I promptly stopped, tried to back up, and grabbed my camera (and of course suddenly there were many other cars trying to get by, stopping to see if I’m ok, etc.). Here’s what I got:

Then on the way back I drove along slowly hoping to see it again and there it was! This time I got out of the car and was able to walk up pretty close to it and then catch this lovely shot of it flying away (it didn’t fly very far-apparently it was really interested in finding food in the marshy watery runoff.)

Look at that wingspan!

Update! I had more wonderful animal encounters. On my way to bring Tabby to a friend’s house there were a bunch of cows eating. They looked great all lined up with their heads sticking through a fence. They were still there on the way back and I got out.  Unlike the heron they were not frightened of me and I even pet one.  Alas, I really wish I had the good camera with me, but I only had my phone.


Then, closer to home, next to the field where I walked Pippin this morning, I saw a big beautiful hawk on a telephone pole. I really do love where we live.


About Sarah

I'm a librarian living with my lovely family in a gorgeous spot of New Jersey, where we raise chickens and love the outdoors. I try to find enough time to indulge all my hobbies-cooking, photography, gardening, sewing, and I write about it all on my book blog & personal blog.

4 responses »

  1. Awesome! What a great day!

  2. Wow! That is so cool! I think that looks like herons I’ve seen before, but I’m definitely not an expert. I have to admit that I’m a little jealous of all the nature you have around your home! I grew up in the forest on a dirt road and though we have a decent amount of wildlife where we now live in the ‘burbs, it’s not the same!

  3. That was what we refer to as a “great blue.” Yes, it is a heron and one that seems to hang around all year. The only time they’re missing from our creek is in late spring/early summer when they’re in a rookery somewhere in the Maryland area [not exactly sure where]. Like you, I love nature days. And this time of year is wonderful for spotting hawks.

    • Thanks, Pam! I had always referred to the grey/blue ones as “great blue herons” and the white ones as “snowy egrets” and then recently I realized I may be calling them not the correct things and got confused. So I will stick with great blue, because you are very knowledgeable! We seem them often along our river, but I’d never seen one basically in someone’s front yard!


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