I love mornings like this. Click on pictures to enlarge.
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!
Loved checking out this huge great blue heron rookery the other day! As we were watching, I noticed that we were really only getting a partial view. There are many more nests in the trees behind. Click on pictures to enlarge.
It was incredibly bleak and cloudy yesterday, but still a wonderful time for making a lap around the lake. Sometimes, these cloudy days when no one is around are the best.
First, we met some cedar waxwings chowing down on berries.
There were numerous pelicans on the water and turkeys foraging the fields.
A heron rookery we visited last year was very active. It looks like some of the herons might already be incubating eggs.
We met an amazing Canada goose. He looks like he took a bath in white paint up to his neck. This is called “leucism,” It is not harmful, just reduced pigmentation.
We saw snow geese and Ross’s geese.
An beautiful group of deer posed for a shot before taking off for the woods.
My favorite part of the day was watching a group of snow geese (Canada geese, blue geese, greater white-fronted geese, and Ross’s geese too!) taking off from a field. So beautiful!
The last stop was a bald eagles’ nest where some brooding is going on. We visited last week and both parents were feeding. The eaglets are too small to see from the road right now. Can’t wait to watch them growing up!
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.
These are from a very good Wakarusa wetlands walk on the morning of May 22 (sorry about the delay in posting). On this morning, I also visited the “new” area, where I discovered quite a few goslings. Click on pictures to enlarge.
I’ve been seeing quite a few herons lately–little blue herons, night herons, and great blue herons. Last year, it seemed I was constantly seeing green herons, but no little blue herons. This year, migration seems a bit off; I am not seeing nearly as many shore birds as I did this time last year. Between climate change, general habitat loss, and BP (and, of course, a host of others), it’s hard to say what might be going on. Click on pictures to enlarge.
What wonderful views I got of this great blue heron as she descended, steadying herself for landing (very windy day). Click on pictures to enlarge.
The bitter cold we’ve been experiencing lately makes it hard for birds like herons to find open water. Fortunately, the next several days look to be quite the warm up. Click on pictures to enlarge.