Wetlands Updates

Finally, I am getting around to getting out to the Wetlands a bit more regularly. I always look forward to cold mornings when there are just a few humans on the paths. We nod at each other and sometimes share our stories of who we have been seeing. It is a kind of quiet community, and I would venture to say, one that brings some peace to many of us worrying about the current state of things. While we may not know what is coming, one thing I am sure about is my commitment to keep sharing and hoping more humans pay attention. Click on pictures to enlarge.

Not a great a picture, but I wanted to share this because I think this bald eagle couple might be contemplating a nest here. This would be a wonderful addition to the wetlands, and it looks like good real estate!

Bald eagles

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Northern Harrier trying to outmaneuver a group of sandpipers and a killdeer. They got away.

Northern Harrier

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Deer and coyotes.

Deer

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Coyote

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Coyote

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Bluebirds, goldfinches, and herons, oh my.

Eastern bluebird

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Eastern bluebird

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American goldfinch

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American goldfinch

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Great blue heron

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Great blue heron

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Bald Eagle Time

Warm weather and open water are making trips to the lake pretty wonderful right now. Bald eagles seem to be everywhere and I am still hearing snow geese coming over early in the morning. Click on pictures to enlarge.

Bald Eagle

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Bald eagle

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Eagles on ice

There has been a lot of eagle action at the Kansas River and Clinton Lake the last couple of weeks. With a major snow falling today and more extreme cold, I am sure that will only intensify wherever there is open water. I wish everyone safe travels! Click on pictures to enlarge.

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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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Bald eagle brunch

It was nice to have a sunny, warm morning to park along the road and watch the eagle parents and their two youngsters. The eaglets are not quite at the eating on their own stage, but very close. The parents went for fish twice while I was there. This is that time when the number of trips for food never quite seem to be enough and the parents start to look pretty worn out. Click on pictures to enlarge.

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