Today’s title could have been ‘Driven Home by Mosquitoes II’ but the name of a local bird that we spotted was too good to miss. We had another go at the Garden Pond Trail near Lorimers and got to the south pond without difficulty. From there things took a turn for the worse, we hoped that the overgrown section of trail was a short length but things got steadily worse through a tangle of fallen trees and encroaching vegetation. We started the task of clearance, so that we could get through, but then the mosquitoes found us. We were sitting ducks, surrounded by tall vegetation, no breeze and nowhere to run. We continued past two more number markers until we lost the trail completely and it was time to get away.
There were a few interesting plants along the way, not least the flower coming on the old man cactus which was a little high to photograph. There ware also a number of climbing plants and an old cactus stem supporting lichens and a small epiphyte.
We called down to Lorimers Landing for a snack where we spotted a Bananaquit, known locally as the Chickadewilly – Chick of the Village – a name that can be applied to other small birds too.