I love the look of the summery meadows that take over so much of the open ground at Middle Creek in the warm months. In truth, I was hoping for more butterflies, but they were sparse. It was a pretty hot day, so maybe that had an effect. The birds weren't out much, either.
There was a dragonfly, posing semi-nicely on a Common Mullein stalk near Stop #3. I say semi-nicely because he stayed put for a long time, but never turned his butt away from the camera. The internet tells me this is probably a Halloween Pennant, which I can see, given the black and orange color scheme.
Another treat to going in summer is that there's a spur road off of the Wildlife Drive that seems to be open only at this time of year. Back this road, we found a Grasshopper Sparrow with some grub sitting on a fence post.
The spur road ends in a cup-de-sac by a pond and wetlands. Bird activity here was stronger, and there were also two White-Tailed Deer. They amused me by wading out into the shallows of the pond. In the meantime, Orioles, Catbirds, Goldfinches, Robins, and more were poking around and flying from bush to reed to tree. All in all, one of my favorite spots in the Management Area!