|"Get comfy, Mags! There are a lot of birdies!"|
The first birdie we saw was this guy, right smack in the middle of the road!
I'm not sure what he found, but he was having a good hunting spree. We waited for him to leave before we drove any further - we don't want to scare any-birdie!
There were still some Yellowlegs around!
Mom almost missed this Bald Eagle:
|Bald Eagle, camouflaged by the leaves|
Some nice men stopped their vehicles and pointed him out to her. In case you're thinking, "How could she miss such a big bird?" -- you can see how far away she was in the iPhone shot at this link.
Mom saw her very favorite ducks!
|❤ Northern Shovelers!!! ❤|
|❤ Female Northern Shoveler!!! ❤|
Obviously, the hearts and exclamation points were put in by our mom, who helps edit the blog.
We also saw Mom's second-favorite duck!
They are very small ducks and Mom always wants to scoop them up and hug them. ... that's how she is. Don't ask.
Also in the "scoop up a tiny duck" category is this little girl:
We didn't see any male Buffleheads, just that one female!
This Grebe was swimming out with some of the ducks:
Grebes aren't ducks, but they like to hang out with them. Same goes for Coots:
The Cranes are migrating through now; we had hoped to see the very rare Whooping Cranes, but had no luck there. We did see some Sandhill Cranes, though!
|Sandhill Cranes in flight|
Mom and Dad just love listening to their calls!
One more bird before we wrap this up!
It was a great trip down and we hope to go again before Fall migration comes to a close. If you'd like to see more photos from our trip, please visit our FlickR album at this link.
Thanks for coming down to Quivira NWR with us!