This used to be our favorite walk, but because of Izzi's surgery we haven't been able to take it all summer ... finally, on this day, we did. It was a bit disappointing (excuse me while I get political for a moment) because the state has cut so much funding from the State Parks Budget, it has been allowed to grow over to the point where, either I can't see what we used to see and/or the birds and animals can't function in the setting and aren't coming here anymore. Another failing part of the USA infrastructure ... our congress is useless and destructive and we are all, including the wildlife, paying the price.
This is the only Egret of any kind I have seen all summer (A Great White Egret). We used to have great flocks of them, not only in the state parks but in all of the water ways in the wetlands.
I have hopes that the political tide is turning and we will reclaim some of what has been lost over time ... it is truly a sad state of affairs :(