Monday, May 19, 2014

Leonora Curtin Wetlands Preserve 5/11--Western Bluebird

Leonora Curtin Wetlands Preserve
Photos: Shari Zirlin
It was a disappointing day. When we arrived at this wetland preserve, after visiting the very small and sparse Santa Fe Botanic Garden, the weather had started to turn nasty with a cold rain and wind. I was looking forward to exploring a wetlands area, figuring that water would attract birds from the dryer areas. However, as one of the docents (the idea of a docent in a wetlands was amusing) informed me, the wetlands weren't too wet because the pond had to be drained so instead we had, at best, damp lands. We walked out to the mud patch that would be the pond if the pond hadn't been drained and saw exactly two Killdeers and two Mallards.

The only new bird for the day was Western Bluebird to the north, in the dry section of the preserve. We walked over there and couldn't find it or any others. I think the wind was keeping the birds hunkered down. With the amateurish gardens, the drained wetlands, and the weather that felt like late winter in NJ, it was pretty much a wasted day.
Santa Fe Botantic Gardens: Sparse

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