I had to work Saturday afternoon, my third weekend in a row, but it wasn't too onerous. I was chaperone for hayrides through the native grasslands in the Pennypack Preserve. Despite a frosty start to the day, the afternoon turned out sunny and clear; as long as we stayed out of the shade, the weather was perfect to celebrate October.
I didn't notice any migrating raptors coursing southward overhead, but there were plenty of resident Turkey Vultures (Cathartes aura) enjoying the thermals and Red-tailed Hawks (Buteo jamaicensis) sent skyward by the tractor, perhaps taking advantage of prey disturbed by the passing of the haywagon.
|Red-tailed Hawk circling over the golden grasslands|
In addition to hayrides, the Trust also offered kids the opportunity to decorate pumpkins, get their faces painted with a Halloween theme, and to enjoy some cider and spice cookies.
Posted by David Robertson