June 14/14: The gorgeously lush Hendrie Park beckons you into its embrace. As of late the park has been quiet. Tipsters advised at this time of year it’s best to start with the creekside trail. Osprey, great blue herons, a green heron, black-crowned night herons, red-tailed hawks, turkey vultures and belted kingfishers find some measure of respite here.
Presently, snapping turtles are laying eggs. Woodland creatures abound.
Springridge Farm’s Food Truck Festival
June 15/14: On Sunday we enjoyed the food truck festival held at Springridge Farms in Milton. A whopping ten food trucks were present. We sampled:
Shhhh! We also had a Philadelphia cheesesteak sandwich at Urban Express. By the time I remembered to take a photograph it was partially devoured. Brilliant strategist that I am I suggested we rejoin the queue to purchase the provolone sandwich. Tee hee! It was something good!
Colonel Samuel Smith Park: Grebe chicks & Baltimore Oriole nest
We then headed to Colonel Sam to checked on the Baltimore oriole nest and the red-necked grebes.
The oriole was busy flitting back and forth to the nest.
Regarding the grebes, we walked the footpath arc of the marina.
Nest 1: The first set of grebe chicks I photographed a few weeks ago are thriving.
Nest 2: Nearby is a pair of grebes nesting in a tire. I didn’t notice any chicks.
Nest 3: Next is the at risk nest. Fortunately, the path to their nest is more overgrown. I didn’t notice any chicks.
Nest 4: Walking west along the footpath is another set of grebes with a pair of chicks.
Nest 5: The last couple I spotted situate north of whimbrel point has a pair of chicks.
It is well worth the trip to observe and photograph the grebes.