I hadn’t been to Allen’s Pond Wildlife Refuge since the winter, and had all but forgotten how much I love it! Like Nasketucket, it has a variety of habitats and wildlife. You follow a trail through a field full of wildflowers, including morning glories and wild iris, walk along the edge of a pond, and end at the beach where there are roped-off areas where piping plovers are nesting. The air was filled with sandpipers, terns and tree swallows as well as goldfinches and red-winged blackbirds. The very first thing I spotted were Baltimore butterflies on some kind of thistle, which was a thrill because I haven’t seen any in so long. There are nest boxes for bluebirds which, of course, the tree swallows have commandeered, and I got some decent shots of parents feeding their babies (although lack of light was a challenge).