Tuesday, June 18, 2013

Woodcocks in Woodstock... well... actually in Pomfret at the Audubon Land! (but that doesn't rhyme, does it)?

Right around the corner, here in Northeast CT, lies our Audubon Center.

Located at 218 Day Road, Pomfret Center, CT 06259 (phone: 860-928-4948) it is gorgeous ~ a view to take your breath away, a lovely new building filled with nature's delights (you need to go check it out since words can't paint the picture like a visit will), trails full of flora & fauna, rivers, wildlife!

I've visited in many seasons and under the canopy of many various skies ~ and each trip holds a new surprise.

This past weekend we got yet another delightful surprise as we hiked the trails.

We were amazed at the high water still present and the proof that it had recently been much higher.

But the most amazing thing was a woodcock that we set aflutter! He was nestled comfortably amongst the leaves and underbrush. Our close presence made him think flight would be the correct choice at that moment. He flew right up in front of us! As he parted, we got such a glimpse, it was goose bump inspiring!

This is not my photo. I had my camera but was too flabbergasted to take a picture of this delightful bird!

We both yelled "OH MY GOSH - A WOODCOCK". Pretty sure we startled a lot of other creatures with our excitement, but that was the first time I had seen a woodcock in person, and I was so close that I could have touched it! What a beak!!!! Reminded me of a hummingbird on steroids ~ lots of steroids!

So, yup, you guessed it. Wildlife can get me pretty excited! Take a trip to the Audubon Center in Pomfret and get yourself excited, too!

I am a Putnamaniac that loves to spot wildlife and the Audubon Center is a great place to do it!

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