Black Capped Chickadee

At The Bent Of The River

No, that’s not a typo. Bent Of The River is an Audubon Center preserve in Southbury Connecticut. It also happens to be on a bend of the Pomperaug river.

The car was parked in deep mud, everything else was either solid ice or hard crust snow. This was my first time here so I was not sure of where any trails might be.  A path along the banks of the stream seemed as good as any place.

IMG_7932It was completely void of movement. The brook was full and rushing however the only hint of life were tree stumps left behind by local Beavers.  The fields and stream are beautiful this time of year so there was plenty of landscape photos to take.

We finally did find the centers barn and being an Audubon preserve, bird feeders. Everywhere. A field and barn yard filled with small birds. The barn has a porch over looking the fields. It’s a great place to take a million photos of the local small birds. Like the thousand other shots we already have. But of course we stayed and photographed everything that moved.

For me the real find was an Eastern Blue Bird on the road back to the car. I don’t remember the last time I saw one.

Eastern Blue Bird

Eastern Blue Bird
Eastern Blue Bird

The final show was announced before we could see it. Crows, loud and then diving around the wood line. Finally a Broadwing Hawk flew off and high followed by the crows on his tail.

Crows Chasing Hawk
Crows Chasing Hawk

All in all it is a great place to wander around in and we will be back, in summer.