Choosing to boycott the rampant consumerism known as Black Friday, we visited Steigerwald NWR for the first time on Friday.
We were rewarded with blue skies, a wonderful stroll along paths strewn with leaves of every color and views of many birds. Northern Harriers dipped through the meadows, a pair of Red-Tailed Hawks seemed to be playing together in the sky as they circled each other.
The pond closest to the main trail was alive with many water birds, including Buffleheads, Hooded Mergansers, American Wigeons, Northern Shovelers, Great Blue Herons and Canada Geese. A Tundra Swan was visible in the far pond. We had a good look through the binos but too far away to photograph.