Sunday, February 23, 2014

Kids at the Duck Pond

The kids took all these pictures at a little pond in town.  There were five bird species on the water - pretty good, I thought, for the size of the pond.
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Larkin captured this mallard's nictitating eyelid.
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Ducks are one of Elowen's favorite animals so this was a lot of fun for her.
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Saturday, February 22, 2014

At the Park

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Our first ever ruby-crowned kinglet
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Black vultures
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Short-leaf Pine
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All the rest of the pictures are Miah's.
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Wednesday, February 19, 2014

Winter Birding at Kyker Bottoms

The refuge opens March 1st. Until then, you are allowed to bird from the observation tower.  There is also a short trail from the tower to the equipment shed, but that's as far as you can go.  The tower was nice but too far from the ponds to see much.
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Miah managed to get two really great birds: northern shovelers
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and buffleheads.
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Larkin spotted a northern harrier.  We had never seen any of those birds.
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My own spottings were more common.
Lichen covered trees.
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Turkey vulture
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Eastern phoebe
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Yellow-rumped warbler.  I'm seeing these little guys everywhere this winter.  They are such a delight!
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