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Friday, November 02, 2018

Photo Finish Friday: The Birds!

Hello, everyone. It's me, Cammie! Today, Maggie and I thought we'd show you some of the birds we saw on our   escape   trip down to Quivira National Wildlife Refuge.  Settle in ...

"Get comfy, Mags!  There are a lot of birdies!"
"Got it!"

The first birdie we saw was this guy, right smack in the middle of the road!

"Mmm, tasty!"

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!

Greater Yellowlegs

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!

Ruddy 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:

Female Bufflehead

We didn't see any male Buffleheads, just that one female!

This Grebe was swimming out with some of the ducks:

Eared Grebe 

Grebes aren't ducks, but they like to hang out with them.  Same goes for Coots:

American Coot

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!

Northern Harrier

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!



  1. I love your photo in the beginning paws touching and the reflection of the American Coot
    Speaking of birds ask your mom is she saw Inside Edition last night? There was a segment on a rare duck in Central Park swimming with the other ducks. It was a Mandarin Duck. The feathers WOW I have never in my life seen anything as exquisite as that duck. It was drawing daily crowds. Bird experts are there too and have spotted a band on its leg. It appears very healthy an loving life with the common ducks. LOL They suspect it was either in a private collection or bird sanctuary and somehow got loose.
    Hugs Cecilia

  2. Ohhh found the link to the show

  3. Sometimes Mama thinks she is walking around our Marshes when she looks at your pictures! With the exception of the cranes and eagles, we will be seeing the same ducks(coots and grebes) arriving here in a couple of months!
    Rosy, Jakey & Arty

  4. You found some nice birds on your trip. Good think those nice people pointed out the eagle.

  5. We love seeing all the birdies you see on your adventures! Lexi would chase them so you two must be extra good girls!

  6. Mom was laughing at a memory of when she was in Junior high, living near the Oregon Coast and a girl transferred there from somewhere in the great lakes area of the midwest. On an outing to the beach the new girl was pointing up and exclaiming "LOOK, Garbage Dump birds!"

  7. You got pictures of lots of pretty birds

  8. What gorgeous picture of the ducks and the birdies. We love the wing tips of the Sandhill Cranes in flight!

  9. We love your birdie pictures, they are amazing! And we learn a little too, about grebes and coots, who knew! Thanks for sharing these!

    Kiki and Nala