You guys are all probably getting tired of pictures of birds. Sadly, my travel of late has been uninteresting, so I’m limited in the choices. Hopefully that will change soon, but for now - birds!
There was a good sized flock of snow geese in the fields close to the entrance.
As always, they were making a huge racket, bursting into flight and coming back to feed.
In a tree near the entrance, this rat was up in the branches eating berries.
That was a juicy one!
I think we determined that this was a juvenile white crowned sparrow. Took a while to figure that one out.
With the weather, all the ponds were frozen over, making life difficult for the sandhill cranes.
There were lots of red-winged blackbirds around.
We saw two saw-whet owls! Only one was in a spot where you could get a shot.
There were lots of wood ducks around, although not in the normal places that you see them.
There was one hooded merganser on one of the open ponds.
As we wandered one of the inner trails, Justine spotted a red-tailed hawk sitting in one of the lower trees.
Blue heron, just hanging on the path.
The ice didn’t seem to be slowing him down at all.
Female wood duck, having a snooze.
At one point, the sandhill cranes burst into flight. I managed to snag a couple of OK shots.
As we were headed out, we spotted a second red-tailed hawk along the water.