|"Buckle up, everyone! It's a long way to get there!"|
"Unless someone wants to play travel Othello, I'm going to catch a little shut-eye."
We saw a lot (and I do mean a LOT) of this on the way down:
|Windmills, old and new|
Not bad for out the window with her iPhone, while Dad goes 75 mph, right?
The first birdie we saw at Quivira was this one:
In a post we did in May, we told you about how long their legs are. Mom was thrilled to get his entire legs AND feety-feet in this shot. Now you can see why they're called "Stilts"!
We saw a few of these Sandpipers:
And quite a few Phalaropes:
|Wilson's Phalaropes, male (left) and female (right)|
And then ... we hit pay dirt!!! We found THE rare-to-Kansas bird!
Isn't he beautiful?!!? Check out the range map at this link, and you will understand just how exciting it was to see him in Kansas!!! Mom's hunt was a success! And ...
|"I see a FISHIE!!!"|
... it looks like his was, too!
We also saw Mom's favorite little birdie:
|❤ The Snowy Plover ❤|
Mom added those hearts.
Maggie was watching this little Plover through the window of the HR-V and thought he was play-bowing to us!
|"Seriously. Is he cute enough?!?!"|
Sorry. That was Mom. Anyway, he was actually practicing some nest-guarding behavior. Having been a parent myself, I think that is just awesome!!! Maybe they are my favorite little birdie, too!
Maggie, the Reddish Egret, and I weren't the only redheads at the refuge! We spotted these ducks:
Gotta love our fellow redheads!
There were plenty of Pelicans swimming around:
|American White Pelicans|
And a good number of Avocets. Check out this group:
|American Avocets, Snowy Plovers, a Dunlin, and a Northern Shoveler in the background!|
Look at all those Plovers!!!!! Oh! And the Dunlin -- that's a "lifer" for Mom! (A bird she's never seen in person before.) She was all kinds of excited.
Here's an Avocet in flight:
|American Avocet and 10,000,000 bugs|
What can I say? It's a marsh. Bugs thrive there. Mosquitoes, Dragonflies, Flies ... every biting, stinging ... sorry. That's Mom again.
Here's the last birdie was saw before heading to Cheyenne Bottoms:
They are very small, so Mom was thrilled to see one relatively close!
Please tune back in tomorrow for the rest of our hunt!