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.
I started doing a marathon of pictures on Twitter to do my little bit to raise awareness about protecting spaces for our nonhuman neighbors. Remember humans, we are not the only ones who live here. You can see days 1-73 here: https://twitter.com/LillyCTaylor
Respect them or lose them Day 74. Eastern meadowlark photographed July 17, 2009.
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Here’s hoping 2018 is a better year for wildlife, for all of us, and let’s hope more people pay attention. Thank you!
Being Together in Place: In a More Than Human World is an amazing book that examines the challenge of coexistence at three sites, the Cheslatta-Carrier traditional territory in British Columbia, the Wakarusa Wetlands in northeastern Kansas, and the Waitangi Treaty Grounds in Aotearoa/New Zealand.
From the University of Minnesota Press:
Being Together in Place explores the landscapes that convene Native and non-Native people into sustained and difficult negotiations over their radically different interests. Using ethnographic research and a geographic perspective, this book shows activists in three sites learning how to articulate and defend their intrinsic and life-supportive ways of being—particularly to those who are intent on damaging these places.
I am honored to have a few photos in this book. More here: https://www.upress.umn.edu/book-division/books/being-together-in-place
In this bitter cold weather, everyone is doing their best to get something to eat and conserve energy. A cooper’s hawk has been ruling our yard for a couple of days now making it more than a little difficult for small birds to get to the feeders. I don’t want to run him off (he has to eat, too!), but I do feel a bit guilty for hoping he catches someone soon so the survivors can get something to eat. I guess that’s the “needs of the many.” I am more than aware of what it means to be able to sit in my toasty warm house watching all the activity.
I think this one might be a sharp-shinned hawk. He likes to sit on the brush pile and wait for little birds to come out. Sometimes, he dives in and tries to catch them as they scatter. I imagine he scores some voles in there as well.
As the temperature drops, I get out more. I love the crisp weather and having a walk to myself. There is still time to see migrating birds and the residents who will stick around as long as the water is not frozen. Click on pictures to enlarge.
My flat top robin friend stopped by this morning. He has been nesting in or near our yard and visiting off and on during the fall and winter for a little over four years. I was so flattered that he landed right in front of me when I was outside this morning. He was doing a lot of talking and I thought, as we humans do, it was all about me. I went back inside to get my camera. When I came out, there were robins everywhere (and a flicker). I think all the talking my robin friend was doing was calling his buddies to come for the raisins and fresh water. Robin party! Click on pictures to enlarge.