August 7, 2010

Great Meadows Sunset Walk on Aug. 7

Saturday, Aug 7 from 7-8:30 pm

One of my favorite summer sounds is the "qwack qwacking" of black-crowned night herons as they make their sunset flight before settling in to roost.  Their appearance this week at Great Meadows has inspired me to offer an impromptu sunset walk tomorrow evening.  Tonight, on my pre-amble, I encountered the night herons swooping up into their dusky flight as the sky blazed its last colors.  They were followed by clouds of swallows and waves of blackbirds, various shorebirds descending, geese stirring, and the crickets and katydids stirring up a mighty chorus.  I can promise some of that magic tomorrow.

Meet in the GMNWR parking lot a bit before 7.  We'll head out onto the dike trail promptly so not to miss the precision timing of this late day choreography.  Co-sponsored with Friends of the Assabet River NWR and Musketaquid Arts and Environment Program.  As always, a $5 voluntary donation will be gratefully accepted.  See tonight's sunset photos,

Black-crowned night heron

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