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.
I have not been out as much as I would like between the extreme cold and the extreme work. I love arriving at the Wakarusa Wetlands early enough to see the blackbirds taking off. Now they are staking out territory for nesting. Looking forward to spring and everyone it brings. I am still posting one picture a day on Twitter to raise awareness of our vanishing wildlife: https://twitter.com/LillyCTaylor/status/975320248428781568
Respect them or lose them Day 77. Bald eagle nest photographed June 5, 2009. In 2009, this nest was approximately twenty years old. They built a new nest nearby a few years later. Canada geese nested there that year. Another year passed and a storm knocked the nest down. Bald eagles are amazing at construction and must have known this nest was getting too old and too heavy to withstand the Kansas weather so they constructed a new nest and moved out before this one failed.
Respect them or lose them Day 75. Great blue heron photographed July 19, 2009. Yes, that is a bullfrog.