Herons and goose butts

It cleared up early this afternoon, after raining all day yesterday and all night last night, so I went for a walk around Buttonwood Park, which never fails to have wondrous things to see and photograph.

First, there was this cormorant:

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Next, this great blue heron:

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Another great blue heron – I’m not sure whether he’s actually swimming here or not:

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But here he was definitely wading:

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Some water lilies and irises:

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Baltimore oriole nests that withstood all the rain:

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More bees in one place than I have ever seen in my life (sorry for the cruddy picture, they were way high above me – thank goodness):

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And some Canada geese with seriously cute babies:

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Hilariously, they would be dunking for goodies to eat and roll right over:

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The parents got spooked at one point (not by me) and actually flew across the pond, leaving their babies, but came back a minute later (whew!)

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On the Beach – in February!

We took a walk on West Island yesterday, and it was just what the doctor ordered – warm sun, clear, calm water, some little sandpipers feeding amongst the rocks and Brandt geese galore – heaven!

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All of these were taken looking through the water:

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And this one is my favorite for the deep purples and reds (also for sale on my Etsy shop):

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The Bluebird of Christmas

Walking on the beach in Westport, the day before Christmas, one expects to see Eiders…

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Brant Geese with fat white bottoms…

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and… bluebirds???

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I’ve never seen bluebirds before, so this is a “lifer” for me. I can only assume they were on their way from point A to point B, because I wouldn’t think New England would be where they’d choose to hang out for the winter!

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