Northern Harrier Up Close


It was 16 degrees when I started at the wetlands this morning, so I had it to myself. I got some amazing looks at this norther harrier who landed on the pole right in front of me. It was incredible to see him fly in. He didn’t stay long, but moved to a nearby tree, did a little shrieking, and then was joined by another harrier. They took off together. Wonderful!

Northern harrier with wings outstretched coming in for landing
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Egrets, Herons, Pelicans, and Butterflies

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.

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Pelicans coming in with the sunrise.
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Finally, a coyote

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.

Coyote walking on path
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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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Blackbirds at Sunrise and one Red-tailed Hawk

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

Blackbirds and red-tail

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