Last week our weather turned to something more akin to a hot mid-summer than a coming fall but one day it cooled off enough to make us want to venture out on a nice long walk. We chose to drive a little south of where we normally walk in the Cuyahoga Valley National Park to the place where there is a boardwalk that crosses the Beaver Marsh. Unlike the last time we visited, we saw no beavers and other than one suspicious pile of tree branches, leaves, and reeds, we saw no beaver dams or mounds. We did see several other things to snap pictures of though. Here are some of them.
This is the first time we've seen these guys. Usually we see mallards.
The sun's angle made the blue of this heron really stand out. Hope he fills his belly here and not at our pond.