Thursday, April 23, 2009

Close encounters at the wetlands.

Yesterday afternoon we payed a short visit to Koll wetlands. As soon as we got out of the car and walked to the edge of the pond there was a red-tailed hawk that swooped down in a mudflat near a killdeer. When he saw us the hawk took flight. We were worried he grabbed one of the killdeer but he ended up only getting a talon full of weeds. Although he only got plants the killdeer were calling rapidly to one another; "Killdeer, Killdeer". They were calling to each other the whole time we were there. Since the killdeer were disoriented I was able to get a rare up close encounter with the bird!


Hello Mrs. killdeer!

Cool! That's a pintail!

Mrs. killdeer again.

Pintail, a mallard and short-billed dowitchers.

Lots of wigeon!

More wigeon. Also a female Eurasian wigeon! (bottom left).

The male cinnamon teal.

Look who's coming in!


Oh no!

Two red-tailed hawks!


No don't go in the parking lot!


I can't quite tell what these are.

Me walking up to the male killdeer didn't even phase him! This is not zoomed in!

Bird list for the visit:

  • Killdeer
  • Red-tailed hawk
  • Canvasback
  • Bufflehead
  • Western Canada goose
  • Cackling goose
  • Norther pintail
  • American wigeon
  • Gadwall
  • Mallard
  • Great-blue heron
  • American coot
  • Ruddy duck
  • Ring-necked duck
  • Greater scaup
  • Lesser scaup
  • Green-winged teal
  • Cinnamon teal
  • Northern shoveler
  • Eurasian wigeon
  • Wilson's snipe
  • Short-billed dowitcher
  • Tree swallow
  • Violet-green swallow

Have a great weekend!


karen said...

funny coments Mike. Hope your doing well, Love Mom

Warren Baker said...

Nice pics. Connor. Sounds like you had a fun day!