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Monday, September 25, 2017

Wrapping Up Our Adventure! (Or ... Our Adventure, Part 936)

Greetings to all!  It's me, Maggie!  Today, Cam and I are wrapping up our latest adventure - birding down at Quivira National Wildlife Refuge and Cheyenne Bottoms Wildlife Area!  We just shared some of the highlights from Quivira, so let's head over to Cheyenne Bottoms!

"This way, readers!"

Gotta love a helpful pack-o-Pelicans!  Errr... American White Pelicans.

OK!  Cheyenne Bottoms!  The bird we saw in most abundance was Egrets! Yes - Egrets! We saw a few. But then again, too few to menti-- ... right. Sorry. We've done that one before!

We saw Snowy Egrets ...

"Heeeeeere, fishie, fishie, fishie...."

And Great Egrets ...

"I'm great!"
"So am I!"

And Snowy Egrets hanging out with Great Egrets ...

"We Snowies are every bit as great as you guys."
"Yeah, whatever."

For the record, Cam and I side with the Snowy!

We also saw some Double-Crested Cormorants:

Cormorant Fly-Over

And a tiny Pied-Billed Grebe:


We think he was a young one, based on the white on his throat and that he didn't have a stripe or band across his bill.

We also saw this Great Egret crashing a party:

"Hey, everyegret!  What's going on?!?"

Mom was very happy that this Snowy Egret did a nice, long "sit/stay" for her:

"You DO have a fishie or a froggie or something for me, right, Camera Lady?"

Hmm.  I don't believe she did!  We should pack some next time!

Finally, no trip to Cheyenne Bottoms or Quivira would be complete without spotting at least one Great Blue Heron:

"Why ARE rubber chickens funny?"

He looks like he's thinking deep thoughts, doesn't he?  He must read great literature or something.

Well, as I said, this wraps up the latest adventure! We hope you enjoyed coming with us!

Yours sincerely,
Margaret Thatcher

PS:  If you need to get caught up --
          Part 1
          Part 1.5
          Part 2 and
          Part 3


  1. Maggie your mom is blessed with the best eye for what will make the best most action filled close ups and OMCs she must have the quickest snapping finger in all of Kansas.
    Absolutely gorgeous photos
    Hugs madi and mom

  2. Great photos once again. I agree that your mom is blessed with the best eye. Hope you are having a great day and fall is showing up in your area.
    Noreen and Hunter

  3. We enjoyed each and every part. You had a great adventure. So where are we headed next?

    Woos - Lightning, Misty, and Timber

  4. We always like these pictures. Especially the one with the Great and the Snowy. That was furry cute.

  5. I think the snowy egret is pretty grreat for doing such a nice sit-stay!

  6. Such purrty birdies! What a great adventure! Our mommy and daddy went to a huge art festival and one of the vendors was selling photos of birdies. He won the people's choice for best exhibit! Anyway, we think your mom's photos are just as good as his in case she ever thought of selling them. Here's the dude's site: http://www.mccrain.com/

  7. I love the egrets, all kinds. We rarely see those water birds around here. Thanks for sharing. And you should pack a fish to train the birds to do sit-stays!

  8. Oh, I LOVES those Egrets too! I agree, I thinks the Snowy Egrets are the coolest! And I do thinks your Moms should carry some fishies in her pocket next time....that'll smell FABulous in the car! BOL!!!!
    Thanks for the tour gurls! And, I don't knows why rubber chickens are funny....I likes the ones with the honkers inside!
    Ruby ♥

  9. Your beautiful shots just blow us away!

    Your Pals,

    Murphy & Stanley

  10. gotta love that Egret 'tude :D (egrettitude?) we love your birding adventures. thanks for taking us along! say 'hello' back from us to that little grebe next time :)

    pip, smidgen, minnie, hollie, sharpie, ditto, TL

  11. Awesome photos but we have to say that our favorite is the Great Egret coming in for a landing. We just love that one!