Went out for about an hour late this morning in advance of the forecasted heavy rains starting this afternoon through Sunday morning. Spring must be returning, as there were a number of Red-winged Blackbirds around Lake Monocan, and even an Eastern Towhee was out and singing away in a tree. The local juvenile Red-shouldered Hawk was raising a racket, and the crows weren't too happy about it.
juvenile Red-shouldered Hawk
Went over to the small pond near the Rodes Farm pool, and a flock of some of the many area Robins were there. A first year Yellow-bellied Sapsucker did not mind my getting close. And some Eastern Painted turtles were playing follow-the-leader.
Eastern Painted turtles