It's a conspiracy, I'm now convinced. This morning at Central Winds Park, I heard some nice activity in one of the more heavily wooded areas near the lake. I'm somewhat leery of this area because the mosquitoes are particularly fierce there. But I heard the sounds, and decided to venture into the area. As I walked down the path, I was pleasantly surprised by the lack of mosquitoes. I wasn't being bitten at all! But then I saw one of the birds I was hoping to find this morning--an Ovenbird. It was beautiful. It was active. I found it perched up in a tree for me rather than hiding under bushes. I lifted my camera, and I was immediately swarmed by mosquitoes. They were everywhere, biting my arms and hands, buzzing in my ears, making a general nuisance of themselves.
And then it hit me. This was all part of the plan. They were using this magnificent Ovenbird as a lure to bring me into their clutches. And then when I was hooked by the beautiful bait they dangled in front of me, they feasted. Well, they may have succeeded in luring me in, but I got the photos, so I still feel like the fish that got away with the bait.