Eagles everywhere

I don’t think I’ve ever seen so many bald eagles around Lawrence as I have this winter. I imagine it has something to do with very low temperatures in the north. Whatever the reason, I am enjoying watching them. Yesterday, they seemed to be on every tree at the lake. I witnessed some courting (locking talons and spinning downward). I saw a couple exchanging fish while in flight, which I think is also courting. I also saw an interesting game of “keep away” that involved nine eagles. While I do not know what they are thinking and communicating, I cannot describe this as anything other than play and it is wonderful to witness. Click on pictures to enlarge.

bald eagle and crow

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bald eagle in flight

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bald eagle in tree on lake

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four bald eagles

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bald eagles exchanging fish in flight

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bald eagles at play

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bald eagles courting

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bald eagles sitting on ice

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A morning of little birds

I went looking for warblers this morning and was rewarded with a Prothonotary. What cuties they are. There were several of them working the trees. I also saw quite a few of the little gnat catchers and a host of young barn and tree swallows. The weather was amazing. What a nice morning to sneak out. Click on pictures to enlarge.

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Fawns!

It’s always a treat to get to see fawns with their parents. I usually do not see many still with their spots. Click on pictures to enlarge.

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Between storms

It was a great morning to be out. I was able to spend some time at both the Wakarusa Wetlands and Clinton Lake before getting rained out. Click on pictures to enlarge.

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Wakarusa Wetlands and Clinton Lake

This warm weather is incredible–and a bit scary. Who knows what is in store for us this spring. There is a lot of activity at both the Wakarusa Wetlands and Clinton Lake.  Eastern Phoebes and tree swallows are here, a bit early. I looked everywhere for ospreys today, but no luck. I did see quite a few turtles and heard many frogs. Gulls were coming over in abundance and the geese are guarding potential nesting sites.

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The sunrises at the Wakarusa Wetlands have been spectacular.

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