Like her paternal grandfather before her, our daughter enjoys recreational fishing. Every year she takes the kids fishing and my husband and I tag along at least once, though we are not fishers. The kids look forward to the adventure and the three year old had received a new fishing rod for his birthday. It was their first trip for the year.
The older two, girls nine and seven, have caught fish before so the anticipation of the capture this year was foremost in their minds. The three year old wasn’t sure what to except since he couldn’t remember anything from last year when he’d just turned two. However he was caught up in the excitement like his sisters.
The path to the area was lined with dandelion which the girls noticed because of the bees they attracted. There are lots of bees around early this year.
We arrived before noon and the kids, readied by their mother and maintained by the three adults, fished for an hour before they wanted lunch.
We’d brought a picnic of course and the sunny day was perfect for a blanket on the grass while the seniors sat in their camp chairs.
The area is a Red-winged Blackbird paradise and we saw more males than females. This one is showing off his coloured epaulet.
Song Sparrows also love the area and they, with the blackbirds and grackles, kept us entertained as we ate. This sparrow looks like it needs a feather trim like many of us need haircuts these days.
I also spotted this Yellow Warbler, a first for me,
flitting amongst the trees.
On our way back to the vehicle, one area of the pond was extremely noisy. We stopped and listened to what we believe are American Toads singing their courtship song. You can hear birds as well. The video is 30 seconds.
Small creatures can leave a big impression!
The kids didn’t catch any trout but the time by the pond was fun for everyone. There’s always next time!
During the next fishing trip, each of the kids caught a fish. They declared the day the best ever!