Follow-up and Tamarack Park

Female Common Pondhawk

Monday, my back was injected with a steroid epidural, and almost all the pain disappeared. We are going to have to wait to see what time produces. In fact, Tuesday I felt well enough and went out with my son and Doug birding and doing some photography. I was able to walk farther than I have had in the past months. I did not walk a steady pace and did sit and rest when I could and had almost entirely no pain in my back. Going to keep my fingers crossed.

We started off at Tamarack Park, which abuts the Bedford Street conservation area. We saw our herd 26 species of birds including four different Vireos. The only bird I was able to photograph was a young yellow warbler. The reason for this is most of the birds were high in the canopy which was filled with leaves. We could see the birds with the binoculars but they were flitting so fast there was hardly a chance to take a picture.

Young Yellow Warbler

There were some different species of dragonflies, including two new species for me; Great Blue Skimmer (Libellula vibrans) and White-faced Meadowhawk – Sympetrum obtrusum. Surprisingly, I did not observe any damselflies.

Great Blue Skimmer
White-faced Meadowhark
Female Ruby Meadowhawk
Great Blue Skimmer (Libellula

Doug got bitten by a horsefly. I found a horsefly on a leaf and took its portrait. Luckily, it stayed there and did not come after me.

Horse Fly

The vegetation in the conservation area is thickening and was an excellent subject for landscape.

Bedford Conservation Area
Bedford Conservation Area
Bedford Conservation Area

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