In the 95 degree heat on April 16 (95 in April?!?!?!) the great blue heron rookery in North Andover was very quiet. The herons were on the nests and not moving around much. A lone Canada goose hung out in the reeds. A single tree swallow swooped down after bugs. The fastest moving creature I saw was a northern water snake swimming past. I heard downy and hairy woodpeckers, redwinged blackbirds, and chickadees, but they all remained invisible.
|All Quiet at the Heron Rookery|
|Triple Decker with All Families at Home|
There are tons of eastern painted turtles there too, and with the warm, sunny, days they have been sunning on logs. It's kind of hard to photograph them through all the reeds, but this one is actually kind of visible.
As with any wetland, there's plenty of skunk cabbage there too.
|Skunk Cabbage Unfurled|
|Barn at Benson's in Boxford|