I just took my longest trip in some time. I went to my native home of Vermont to visit family and then went to the Missisquoi National Wildlife Refuge. I’m vaccinated and so are more than 80% of Vermonters, making for a pretty stress free stay in Burlington. Missisquoi NWR is in Swanton and is just below the US-Canada border where the Missisquoi River empties into Lake Champlain. [Pronunciation Note: You can choose the Quebec version, “misses kwaw”, or the Vermont version, “misses quoy”.]
The birds were relatively quiet, which is expected at this time of year. But I did have some interesting encounters, most notably with a flock of House Wrens. I came across a half dozen or so wrens foraging in the bushes along a trail. They did not fly away as I approached and even let me walk within 10 feet of them as I went down the trail. But they were very vocal in their scolding to remind that I was just a visitor in THEIR refuge. This is a selection of photos that include some scolding and nasty looks. I made sure that I kept moving and didn’t stress them out!
My other encounter was with a female Ruby-throated Hummingbird. I came into a small open field in the woods and there she was sitting on a branch on the other side of the clearing. I guess she didn’t want to be photographed. When she heard the camera she flew toward me and right over my head. I continued on and let her have her clearing to herself again.
These birds seemed to be well aware that the refuge is their home and I was just a visitor. I made sure to minimize any disturbance to their activities.
3 thoughts on “Missisqoui Visit”
I like these Mike …. Particularly the detail on the wrens…the scowl is very cool!
Mike, You made great use of these two close encounters!
Yes, you definitely captured the irritation of the House Wrens, which are pretty cool birds.