Keep making those brush piles

April 23rd, 2014

I know you all get tired of hearing this from me, but as we all get back to our yards this spring, please consider building a brush pile. Neighborhood wildlife will thank you.

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Big pink moon

April 15th, 2014

What an amazing site this morning!

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What the fox really says

April 15th, 2014

“Give me more raisins!” This beauty came by to eat raisins (I put them out on the patio for robins). She looks a little worn, but I think there are some babies nearby. I was so happy the sun was shining because I took all of these through the glass window. They came out better than I thought they would. Click on pictures to enlarge.

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Mock, yeah

April 15th, 2014

Had a great time this morning watching this mockingbird foraging around the trees. Click on pictures to enlarge.

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Red-bellied beauty

April 9th, 2014

We see red-bellied woodpeckers every day at our feeders. I get so used to seeing them, that I forget what a privilege that is and just how beautiful they are. Click on pictures to enlarge.

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Brown thrashers arrive

April 9th, 2014

One of my favorite signs of spring is the arrival of the brown thrashers and their beautiful songs from high in the trees. Click on pictures to enlarge.

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Walking on water

February 27th, 2014

I was watching a great blue heron come flying into the marina at Clinton Lake the other day, and to my surprise, she landed right in the water, picked up a fish, then flew off. It almost seemed like she was swimming like a pelican would. I have never seen one do that before. When she took off, she kind of did that running on water thing coots do when they take off super fast. It all happened so fast, but was amazing to watch. Click on pictures to enlarge.

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Eagles on ice

February 4th, 2014

There has been a lot of eagle action at the Kansas River and Clinton Lake the last couple of weeks. With a major snow falling today and more extreme cold, I am sure that will only intensify wherever there is open water. I wish everyone safe travels! Click on pictures to enlarge.

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Belted Kingfisher

January 30th, 2014

I am in love with this belted kingfisher. I have seen her before patrolling up and down the spillway at Clinton Lake. This morning was the first time I have ever been close enough to get a decent picture. I love the sounds she makes and her head-first dives into the water. And, of course, how remarkably cool she looks. Click on pictures to enlarge.

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One very big fish

January 17th, 2014

Now that the ice is melting, we’re seeing many more great blue herons along the shore line. This poor fish is nearly as big as the heron.  I thought she might not be able to take off, but she managed just fine. Click on pictures to enlarge.

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