One of the best things about cold days at the wetlands is how few humans are around. Fewer humans means I get to see more mammals, and that means coyotes. I love how they watch me from a safe distance. This one was getting ready to turn down the path I was on, saw me, thought better of it, and backed up into some brush. I stopped and waited for her thinking she would come back out and go where she needed to. Sure enough, she came out and ran off in the other direction. It is always a gift to watch them.
It was 16 degrees when I started at the wetlands this morning, so I had it to myself. I got some amazing looks at this norther harrier who landed on the pole right in front of me. It was incredible to see him fly in. He didn’t stay long, but moved to a nearby tree, did a little shrieking, and then was joined by another harrier. They took off together. Wonderful!
Check out the latest issue of The New Territory with a focus on sanctuaries. An essay on the Wakarusa Wetlands by Soren Larsen and Jay T. Johnson is included with some pictures by yours truly.
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Remember when folks in favor of the SLT said there were no river otters at the wetlands? I saw five frolicking and foraging.
The weather and work are finally letting me out a bit more. I am so eager for fall! The last few days have been great for seeing large groups of pelicans and the monarchs are on the move. Great egrets and little blue herons are still around.
I have not seen a coyote at the wetlands since last winter. I know they are there (I see the evidence!), but I keep missing them. This was a nice treat this morning.
I never tire of seeing bald eagles soaring around the wetlands. This one had quite a lot to say.
Cardinal fledglings seem to be everywhere right now. I am not complaining. Click on pictures to enlarge.
Ella singing Cole Porter has been buzzing in my head all summer. Here is hoping we get some relief soon.
If you love birds, you know this is one of the most exciting (and fun!) times of the year. Residents are courting and singing, and a variety of species are stopping by on their way to their northern homes. Click on pictures to enlarge.