|"Greetings, Ed Center peeps!"|
It takes us a few hours to get down there, so we like to take a break at the Kansas Wetlands Education Center near Cheyenne Bottoms before we get started. There is a nice mowed area where we can all stretch our legs, nice "facilities" for Mom and Dad, and we generally get to schmooze some people. All in all, very nice. Then we head to Quivira!
|Heading to Quivira NWR|
At this time of year, we generally see lots of raptors! Here is one of Mom's favorites:
|Northern Harrier, ready to strike!|
She loves watching them hover then dive!
We saw two different kinds of Grebes!
Some of the Sandpipers are still around, like this one:
And a few Shorebirds are still here:
|American Avocets in flight|
Fall is one of those really exciting times for birding here in Kansas. The geese are starting to come in ...
|Greater White-Fronted Geese - AKA Speckle Bellies!|
... AND the Sandhill Cranes are stopping by!!!
|Sandhill Cranes in flight!|
|More Sandhill Cranes!|
Mom and Dad just love seeing and hearing the Sandhills! Mom shot some video, but she was battling 35mph or more winds, so it was challenging. If you would like to see a couple clips, please click here to watch on YouTube.
Speaking of the winds, it was making the waves so high, we could barely see this Coot:
Mom couldn't resist.
... moving right along ...
We saw this pair of female ducks hanging out together:
And on our way out, Dad spotted this guy fishing in one of the little ponds:
|Great Blue Heron|
It was a fun trip and we hope to go back soon!
|"We need to get Mom to pack some travel games next time, Maggie."|
"Yeah. And more sammiches!"
We'll be sure to keep you posted!
PS: If you'd like to see more pix from our trip, please click here to visit our FlickR album.