…This is a brilliant depiction. Best of luck rearing the kiddos. I will add:
hop-hornbeam was in there, with yellowish/crackly bark. Lots of silver maples in the puddly areas, and a sugar maple. Lots of black cherry trees. A few aspens with “sunscreen” bark.
2 river otters, a small crayfish, 2 pre-flight dragonflies.
The 10 most notable birds:
- Coopers hawk – Looked like a broadwing hawk or even a merlin (falcon) at first sight, but had a longer, more triangle shaped tail with more horizontal bars then the broadwing, and had straighter wings and a slower soaring flight pattern than a merlin.
- Common loon pair – sits low to the water (them solid bones) with a giant, fish-gobbling head.
- horned grebe – tiny diving bird with a fuzzy head. They often are seen (in my personal experience) where loons are floating.
- Belted kingfisher – KA-KA-KA-KA-KA-KA…
- goldfinches – ‘potatochip”
- song sparrows
- downy woodpecker (NEIGH!)
- flicker (HA-HA-HA-HA-HA-HA…)
- red-bellied woodpecker (bwbwuuraack!)
- GHB – in flight, looks like pterodactyl but isn’t, trust me…