Good times for birdwatching

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.

white faced ibis

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Greater yellowlegs

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Savannah sparrow

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Caspian tern

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American bittern

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Egrets in fog

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Sora

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Wilson's Phalarope

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Busy Wetlands

It has been a busy few days at the Wakarusa Wetlands. The wet, cool weather has been especially good for early morning walks. Shorebirds are arriving in abundance and year-round residents are busy staking out territory, courting, and gathering nest materials. Click on pictures to enlarge.

Common yellow-throat warbler

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Goslings

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White-crowned sparrow

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Caspian tern

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Cormorants

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Egret and terns

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Western kingbird

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Eagles, egrets, pelicans, and more

It was a lovely morning at the lake. Many migrants are still coming through. There are still thousands of gulls. I imagine the egrets are getting ready to leave to for the season. Everywhere we went there were pelicans. The young bald eagle was a nice surprise. Click on pictures to enlarge.

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Fall migration

Fall migration is wonderful! The cormorants were coming in all morning and there are thousands of gulls here. I watched hundreds of swallows swooping over the grass and water. I think they will be leaving soon. A very nice morning!

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Amazing Sky

While we Kansans love to talk about how unpredictable our weather is, I do love it. It was in the fifties when I got to the lake this morning and the sun was shining. I was going down a path when the wind changed direction and the clouds came in. I think the temperature dropped about ten degrees before I got back to the car. It was invigorating, and beautiful. Click on pictures to enlarge.

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Nice morning

This fall weather is amazing. It was nice to leave for an appointment a couple of hours early and steal a bit of time at the lake. Click on pictures to enlarge.

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