Yeah. So ... as Cam told you yesterday, we had a very successful birding spree at Quivira NWR, so we decided to venture into Cheyenne Bottoms Wildlife Area a bit, too. The very first bird we spotted was a "lifer" for Mom - a bird she's never seen in person before!
The best way to ID him from other Swallows is the blunt tail and the orange-y rump. Mom was thrilled to get some shots of them!
We saw another type of Swallow we often see at the house:
We don't often see them actually holding still like that! They like to swoop around the fields catching bugs.
At Cheyenne Bottoms, there is an observation tower Mom likes to climb up. It sits about a story and a half above the wetlands, and you can spot all kinds of cool stuff up there. So I'm told. I've never been allowed to go up there for some reason. Anyway, Mom was about halfway up the steep set of stairs when she caught movement out of the side of her eye. She turned (slowly and very carefully, we're told) just in time to see a birdie flying by!
|Black-Crowned Night Heron!|
Mom was mighty excited - she doesn't see them very often! Here's another look at him:
|Check out those cool red eyes!|
They don't get the red eyes until they reach adulthood (about 3 years old); before that, they are sort of yellow/orange. (You can see one of Mom's pix of a juvenile at this link.) They are mostly nocturnal hunters, but sometimes feed in the daytime, too. Seeing this guy was definitely worth the side-trip over to Cheyenne Bottoms! Seeing him was a great "finish" to our trip, and we decided to head back home.
Here's a shot out of the window of the HR-V on the way:
Mom loves that area! Wide open prairies, rolling hills ... she can just picture the early settlers coming through!
She was also able to take a quick iPhone shot of one of our favorite signs! Check it out:
|Horse Motel B&B|
That's right - a Bed and Breakfast for you and your horse. AND they sell "pretty good horses". Isn't Kansas great?!?
Cam and I grabbed a quick meal when we got home, then we did this:
|"I'm out! Zzzz..."|
"I can barely keep my peepers open!"
It was another great trip and a successful hunt for the Reddish Egret - but boy, is birding exhausting! Thanks for coming along with us! I think we've all earned a nice, long nap!
PS: If you'd like to see all of our photos from our most recent trip, please click here to see our album on FlickR.