365 Nature – Day 38

In 2016 I’m doing a 365 Nature project. Each day of the year I will post something here about nature. It may be any format, a photo, video, audio, sketch or entry from my nature journal. It could be a written piece. Each day I will connect to nature in some way and share it here by the end of that day. You can keep up-to-date by subscribing to the RSS feed or be notified by email. See all the 365 Nature posts.

For day 38 we visited a place we’d never been in the winter months, the Hazel Wolf Wetlands in Sammamish. We’ve always been there in the summer months because it’s a great place to watch dragonflies, and in fact the only time I’ve ever witnessed a dragonfly emerging from it’s exuvia was there. It was quieter this time of the year, there were fewer birds and of course no dragonflies. But the view was much more open and we did hear a lot of birds and quite a few frogs during our walk and we saw quite a number of different fungi. Many of these sounds are down below.

One of the first birds we heard was a Winter Wren’s alarm call and we continued to hear that throughout our walk. Early on we heard a pair of Ravens croaking and then a series of frogs croaking. We also listened to a small group of Canada Geese making a huge ruckus while on the lake and then flying up and around us. One call we heard that was a bit of a mystery sounded like a Mallard, but more high pitched. After a scan of the ducks with my binoculars I saw Buffleheads and one pair of Green-winged Teal and upon consulting my bird app it turns out the call was a match for the female teal.

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Kelly Brenner

Kelly Brenner is a naturalist and writer based in Seattle. She founded and writes The Metropolitan Field Guide, a blog for ideas, thoughts and resources for the design of urban wildlife habitat and has contributed articles to a variety of other websites and publications.

Kelly has a certificate from the University of Washington in non-fiction writing. She continually takes classes and attends talks on various natural history topics. In 2009 she earned a bachelors degree in landscape architecture from the University of Oregon.

She's also an avid photographer focusing on the natural world.
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