Saturday, November 26, 2016

Serene Scenery Saturday

Greetings to all!  It's me, Maggie!  I know ... we usually do our serene post on Sundays, but we wanted to  get this over with  share our photos from last weekend with you.  We had quite the remarkable trip down to - you guessed it - Quivira National Wildlife Refuge.

Here's a shot of Cam and me on the way down:

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"Snuggle on in here, Maggie."
"Zzz..."

It takes about two and a half hours to get down there, in case you were wondering. Plenty of time to catch a few Zs and still help navigate.

Our first stop at Quivira was just south of the Big Salt Marsh. It was very exciting, as the Sandhill Cranes were swirling all over the place! It's like they were staging themselves, gathering together before they head south!

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Sandhill Cranes!!!

At times, they filled the skies!

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More Sandhill Cranes!!!

They also have a beautiful song! Mom isn't very good at taking videos, but she did shoot a few clips with Dad's Canon SX60 - take a look and listen!


Click here to watch on YouTube or click here to watch on FlickR.

Isn't their song wonderful?!!? We loved listening to them!

We also saw a few geese out at Quivira:

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A "few" geese

That is mostly Snow Geese. We also saw Greater White-Fronted Geese and Canada Geese. Here is a Snow Goose sneaking into a Canada Geese formation:

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One of these is not like the others!

I'll bet they spotted him, but he did a good job infiltrating!  (He's the mostly white one, near the rear of the formation.)

Other highlights were Mom being able to get some shots of this Eastern Meadowlark:

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Eastern Meadowlark on barbed wire

We have both Western and Eastern Meadowlarks here, and usually see the Western (our state bird). The best way to tell them apart is by their song, but Mom didn't hear this guy sing. She went with "Eastern" as the ID because they prefer the wetter grasslands, and since we were in a marsh ... it just seemed right.

We saw a lot of hawks, like this one:

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Red-Tailed Hawk

And we saw tons of ducks! This photo is a real "who's who" of the duck world:

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American Wigeons, American Coots (not ducks!), Redhead Ducks, and Mallards

Duck-wise, we also saw Green-Winged Teals, Lesser Scaups, Buffleheads, Gadwalls, Ruddy Ducks, Northern Pintails, and Northern Shovelers (Mom's fave!).  Oh.  And Pied-Billed Grebes -- but like Coots, they aren't ducks, though they like to hang out with them.  Anyway ...

Here are a couple buddies hanging out together on the beach:

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Greater Yellowlegs and Least Sandpiper

We also saw a lot of deer! This was the biggest one!

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White-Tailed Deer

Isn't he beautiful!?!? Mom cautioned him about watching for traffic and hunters. (Still no hunting allowed at Quivira right now, in case there are any Whooping Cranes lingering around!)

We took a rest stop in Ellinwood on the way out and the way back. While Mom and Dad had their sandwiches ...

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"Sandddddd... wich....."
"Maggie has passed out from hunger, Mom.  She really needs a bite of sandwich.  I'll take one, too."

Works. Every. Time.  (Mom wanted me to point out that she does bring water and snacks for us ... but that doesn't count.  Right?)

I helped navigate on the way home:

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"OK, now stay straight on this road for 87 million miles ..."

But I have to admit, that first stretch of I70 does this to me:

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"She'll be OK, she's just super serene."
"Zzz..."

We hope you enjoyed our most recent trip to Quivira! If you'd like to see more, please click here to view our album!

Yours sincerely and serenely,
Margaret Thatcher

13 comments:

  1. How stunning, all those birds are amazing! Maggie and Cammmie, are you all in the car, or do you get to hike around? That would be the best hike ever! Especially when you saw the deer!

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  2. MOL MOL a few geese.....
    OMCs what gorgeous photos....definitely a trip worth traveling
    Hugs madi and mom

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  3. those are some awesome photos !

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  4. Oohhhh vishus deer - be careful!

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  5. Sorry you got bored and nearly starved to death butt your mom gets the most amazing photos!!!!!

    Your Pals,

    Murphy & Stanley

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  6. Wow - so beautiful and so many!

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  7. Those are all such beautiful pictures but we like the meadowlark the best.

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  8. Thanks for sharing your outing. Mom couldn't believe how many BIRDS there were out there.

    Abby Lab

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  9. Thanks for sharing your outing. Mom couldn't believe how many BIRDS there were out there.

    Abby Lab

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  10. Thanks for sharing your outing. Mom couldn't believe how many BIRDS there were out there.

    Abby Lab

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  11. OMD..Mama can't even pick a favorite birdie picture!! We love the picture of Maggie "navigating"!!
    Smileys!
    Dory, Jakey, Arty & Bilbo

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  12. Of course your momma brings you water and snacks -- like sandwiches! BOL.

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  13. What an awesome day! Thank you for sharing it with us Maggie.

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