Celebrating backyard birds

Sitting in the backyard is so much better than television! Click on pictures to enlarge.

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And, don’t forget the mammals.

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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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More Wakarusa Wetlands magic

Little specks of yellow dot the fields and the green is lush and fragrant. Dragonflies are everywhere. Thousands of voices sing. On this morning, I spotted deer, a host of blackbirds, grackles, robins, sparrows, catbirds, indigo buntings, painted buntings, northern cardinals, goldfinches, a huge diversity of frogs, a dickcissel singing loudly, wood ducks, turtles (snappers and painted), geese, great egrets, great blue herons, cattle egrets, little blue herons, mink, muskrats, and the hundreds more. Please help save the Wetlands. Click on pictures to enlarge.

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Frosty Robins

I ran across hundreds of robins, quite a few starlings, and one lone grackle drinking and bathing in the icy water on the east side of Clinton Lake the other day. They were fun to watch until I realized I’d been standing there so long my face was frozen. 🙂 Of course, the beauty of Kansas is that it will reach 62 today. Click on pictures to enlarge.

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More signs of spring

The daffodils are blooming and everyone is singing. After taking the junco picture yesterday, I haven’t seen any around, or white-throated sparrows. I think the hot, strong, wind today was just what some of our migrating friends needed.  Click on pictures to enlarge.

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Grackles, oh my

The huge flocks of blackbirds coming through every morning these days are astounding. When the sun was coming up this morning, thousands were coming over. Large groups are coming to the feeder throughout the day. With the windows open on a sunny day like this one, the chorus is nice to work by. The shiny grackles look very in charge with their saw-like beaks, piercing eyes, and muscular stance. Click on pictures to enlarge.

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