This past Sunday, the Gracious One and her husband invited me to go along with them on their trek to the Wildlife Refuge. We went last year too, but a week or so earlier in the month, remember? This year the weather was nicer – we had a mostly sunny day with above-freezing temperatures, although there was still a lot of ice on the waterways in the refuge which was not there last year. This year’s selection of birds was somewhat different too, as you shall see.
Have a goose or two, in this case Greater White-Fronted Geese (so named because of the white band at the top of their bills), but colloquially known in North America as Specklebellies. They are smaller than the Canada Geese, with shorter necks. Last year we saw more of the Canada Geese.
A swan conversation. Perhaps more correctly a swan discussion. Doesn’t look like a casual, would-you-like-a-cup-of-tea conversation. Happily, the discussion ended peacefully. In front, there are some more of the Specklebelly Geese.
A peaceful channel, running through the reeds which harbor many more feathered beauties. The husband of Gracious One and his frisky little Boynkin Spaniel, Savannah, flushed several pheasants, but all flew past too quickly for me to capture with the camera.
Total eagle count for this trip was 50 – far more than last year, when we only saw a few Balds at ground level, and a pair of Goldens in some trees. I will never ever tire of visiting this refuge, admiring our feathered friends. A reminder of how fortunate we are to live in this area. A reminder of how fortunate we are to be able to enjoy days like these.
With that, I wish you a day, a weekend. of enough.