There was a smattering of birds at the marsh; pied-billed grebes, common moorhens, marsh wrens, a great blue heron, a Northern harrier and some tree swallows--one of which was chasing an American kestrel! (That last is a first for me. Unfortunately all of the action was too far for my camera, but Charles always brings our binoculars along.)
I took this shot of the marsh from the boardwalk that ambles through it. It goes on for miles and miles, turning into Big Branch Marsh Nat'l Wildlife Refuge at some point. There's a shot of this marsh from the Big Branch side here.
We don't get a lot of fall colors here, except for the Chinese tallow trees. Unfortunately this is an invasive species that's really overrunning everything (we even have it in our yard & it's virtually impossible to destroy.) There's some talk of using it as a biofuel.
The water's been way down at the marsh for most of the year. I've never seen it so full of--whatever those rafts of plant matter are. At least it doesn't smell badly.
Leave it to eagle-eyed Charles to spot the pair of great horned owls.
A lovely end to a lovely day.
In other news, pop over to Erik's Choice for Lana Gramlich Interview, Part I and Part II. Many thanks to Erik for taking the time and effort!