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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Welcome to Fall

One of the great things about fall is just sitting in the yard watching. We are fortunate to be in an area where we not only have many animals living around us, but many flying over on their way to the Wakarusa Wetlands or the Kansas River. During migration time, it is not unusual to see hundreds of flybys by geese, gulls, nighthawks, and other birds. Seeing all the Monarchs, dragonflies, and other butterflies is amazing. Click on pictures to enlarge.

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