It was 43 degrees F and cloudy at 8:40 am (and incidentally Day 5 of 30 Days of Biking!) as I headed out on Rhododendron for Meadowbrook Park.
The ground was moist and the air smelled like April, i.e., like earthworms. Sure enough, small and large worm bodies were stretched out along the street and on the paved path around Meadowbrook Park.
Stopped at the rabbit -statue bridge
for a look at the confluence of McCullough and Douglas creeks. Then turned to look downstream of the bridge and saw what reminded me of the ripples that the beavers used to make when they had a damn several years ago. As I watch the ripples, there emerged a brown furry creature (not quite visible in this shot, but this is where it was) swimming downstream. It was a beaver, I think. Are they back? Maybe just exploring the real estate possibilities.
As always, it was so very good to be back on the bike, circling Meadowbrook Park. The red-winged blackbirds were busy and vocal. A little farther down the path, noticed a pair of tree swallowsperched on a birdhouse. I’m not sure what species the bird houses were designed for, but tree swallows are what one usually sees on them.
Saw a good-sized crayfish chimney and additional mud excavated from its insides.
No crayfish, though.
Then farther down near the Freyfogle observation platform saw more tree swallows, perched atop compass plant skeletonsand on top of the platform structure. Saw a lot of tree swallows around, more than I remember seeing in previous years. Wonder if it has anything to do with there being so many diseased and dead trees.
Saw some nice arrangements of dried prairie plant remains.
Rode along McCullough Creek
then stopped at the sensory garden. The native flowers mostly were yet to emerge, but introduced daffodils and hyacinths
heralded their impending bloom.