We took down the kayaks and floated out onto the water. A Turkey Vulture flew over just above the tallest trees, harassed by the nesting birds. Painted Turtles sunned on the many stumps. Ospreys were everywhere, high up and low down, giving their shrill screeches.
Paddling around a bend and into an inlet we spotted another Snowy Egret. This one however, was perched low over the water in a deciduous tree. I paddled close and took a bunch of shots until my kayak drifted too close in the wind and it flew off. A Black-crowned Night Heron perched on a log by the water on the opposite side of the inlet. It was shy and flew off as we kept kayaking. A small Green Heron flew across the inlet and into a tree. A Great Blue Heron flew overhead. Looking for the Green Heron I spotted an Osprey in the same tree it had landed in. It subsequently took off with its meal of fish, heading for a more peaceful location. From wherever it was hiding, the Green Heron eventually flushed and flew squawking back the way it had come. Several more hidden Green Herons burst into squawking at this, and even more flew across the inlet. The ruckus eventually died down. After that, every time we rounded a bend a Green Heron would flush while others nearby would squawk.
Double-crested Cormorants and a Laughing Gull dotted the many stumps that evenly littered the water. A Great-crested Flycatcher called loudly from within the woods. As I was photographed the Laughing Gull, I saw a large blond-colored bird fly back and forth by the edge of the water. At first I thought it was a hawk as it landed on the tops of several trees, but a look through binoculars said it was a heron, and probably a Black-crowned Night Heron by its build. It had vague streaking on its underparts, like an immature bird would, but it was overall very evenly lightly colored. It was probably leucistic. It had the same coloring as 'blond' mallards that I've seen.
Several Tree Swallows, Barn Swallows, and a Bank Swallow swooped low over the pond and a pair of Eastern Kingbirds incubated their eggs in a strange, droopy, wooly nest.