The heavy fog drifted over the lake on the morning of the third Friday in October. It hid the water and the cliffs along the bank. I watched it settle down on the nearby pond. In search of sunshine, I walked by the woods. The light danced in beams through the fall leaves.
In the bramble by the lake, a fox sparrow, a Lincoln’s sparrow, and a white-crowned sparrow gathered. They were all migrating through the area. I have only briefly glimpsed the fox sparrow and the Lincoln’s sparrow before. They are shy and prefer cover to open spaces.
Back at the pond, the fog lifted. A lone migrating greater yellowlegs searched for food.
A migrating greater yellowlegs in a pond near Saylorville Lake at Jester Park, Iowa, October 21, 2016.
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