The day after the last storm, the birds were active. The blue jays were numerous, dozens of them flew around, called out to each other and anyone who would listen.
Unseen chickadees called out too, in their distinctive voices. Crows were high in the trees, in conversation with each other and voicing their distinctive, "Caw." A bit further on, a murder sat watching the scene.
The trees along the boardwalk show a great deal of damage.
This year, several storms have devastated the greenbelt.
The latest storm added to the destruction. Were the birds alarmed about their habitat? We are.
They may have been hungry after a day of sheltering against the bad weather. Did hunger precipitate the noise and flurry of activity?
My husband had a discussion with a wildlife photographer while we were there. He said there are weasels, ermine and a den of foxes in the area. They may have been hunting after the storm, stirring up the birds.
Whatever the reason, it sounded as if the birds along the boardwalk worked together to send out an alarm. It's too bad we hear them but don't listen.