Tuesday June 19th 2018
There were a few more clouds in the sky today. The sun was blocked periodically by the moving cloud cover, so the temperature only got up into the high 80s. It was still very humid and there was a chance of showers at any time. This area made it through the day without any rain falling.
I spent some time walking the trails at the Two Rivers Park. This public park is owned by Pulaski County and the City of Little Rock. It contains trails and open ground at the confluence of the Little Maumelle and Arkansas Rivers. There is a lot of ground to cover. I want to go back with my bicycle to ride the trails deeper into the park.
On the way into the park I caught a glimpse of a deer across the fields at the tree line. It was gone before I could stop the car to get a picture, but it was a good omen. My first stop was near the deepest part of the park serviced by the road loop. I found an intriguing dock for launching canoes or kayaks. The water was a field of lily pads, but the map said it fed into the Little Maumelle river as part of an eight mile canoe trail. It might be fun coming down river to this location as the end of the trail. Paddling up stream the whole way would be a long haul.
My second stop was at a bigger parking lot about halfway from the entrance near a restroom. This seemed to be the most popular parking area. I walked about a half a mile out the trail before turning around to reserve some adventure for a bike ride another day. On the way out I passed a swampy area with some wading birds. One bird was clearly a Great White Egret and the other was possibly a Yellow-Crowned Night-Heron. From the swamp I moved into an open field area. I kept my eyes open for deer, but didn’t spot any. Once across the field the trail started down a tree lined path that didn’t look particularly interesting, so I turned around.
When I passed the swamp with the birds, I spotted some new arrivals. Two little deer that still had their juvenile spots were wading in the water with the birds. I was about 200 feet away on the trail. I watched and took pictures for several minutes waiting for mamma deer to arrive or otherwise show herself. When the Egret left so did I, the fawns just continued to cool off or graze in the swamp. A few minutes later I returned for one last look. The birds and the fawns were gone, but in their place was a large doe on the far side of the swamp. If this was mamma she got the kids back in the woods out of view by nosy people like me.
Today was a good wildlife viewing day.