Carden Alvar Nature Board by Bob BowlesBluebirds, kestrel, frogs

Aside from the sounds of brisk wind, Wylie Road was fairly quiet this afternoon. A number of meadowlarks were singing, and small flocks of robins were active. The big noise came from chorus frogs, which seem to be singing in most bits of water all along the road between the marsh and McNamee. A kestrel was hunting from the roadside, and a pair of bluebirds were in a hawthorn at Wylie and McNamee.
Great blue herons have returned to their nests at the marsh near the foot of Shrike Road. A couple of killdeer shared the shallow water at the east end of McNamee with a pair of mallards.
Yesterday a northern harrier was cruising low north of the Sedge Wren Marsh. A yellow-bellied sapsucker and a northern flicker were active just north of the barn on Wylie, and a ruffed grouse was heard drumming there. A couple of horned larks were on the edge of Shrike Road south of McNamee.

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