It was really enjoyable to be out in it soaking in the sunshine and the beauty in God's creation all around! And of course, spending time together which we always love. :) The conservation area was alive with activity and bird calls . . . ducks, warblers, geese, sparrows, shorebirds, rails, and a definite highlight: Bald Eagles, including young fledglings in the nests and being fed by their parents.
A Red-Winged Blackbird male displaying his colorful wing patches and singing away
Mom looking at some ducks from the truck
One of the Bald Eagle nests . . . it had three young eagles in it! We set up our spotting scope and had some neat looks at them.
Leah took this photo of an adult Bald Eagle using her phone through the spotting scope
She did the same to take one of the young eagles in the nest
After watching the eagles for awhile, we took the scope down and were looking at some other birds when in swooped another adult eagle carrying a fish in its talons . . . .
It was quite the sight to see it fly into the nest and begin feeding its young!
A taste of the beautiful views
Dad found some shorebirds and was looking at them through the scope and Ivan found . . . me! :)
Special and fun times together for Ivan and Leah . . . at times talking and at others breaking into smiles and laughter, as they were here in this photo.
Me (phone photo by Leah)
Walking along the road
We had the treat of seeing an elusive American Bittern! We startled it out of the marshy area, and it flew across landing in a more secluded spot. Here, Ivan, Mom and Leah were attempting to find where it went while Dad talked with another birder who was driving by.
So peaceful! There is just something relaxing, refreshing and renewing being out in the quiet beauty of God's creation.
Looking at a Sora Rail . . . these birds are always fun to see when they are migrating through in the spring, and we heard and saw a lot of them!
Happy sigh . . . one of my favorite things: out for a walk in the peaceful outdoors, breeze blowing, birds singing, sun shining down, and with my favorite people.
Clouds began rolling in making the hills and trees light up whenever the sun peeked through.
I didn't take any pictures there, so you'll have to imagine us leisurely walking along the grassy path strewn with wildflowers along the way, climbing down the rocks to the creek, Mom, Leah and I sitting on the rocks and me dangling my feet in the cold flowing water, the guys skipping rocks across the water and then having a competition to see who could hit a branch way up stream with a rock, the laughter that filled the air . . . it was a relaxing and refreshing time!
Eventually Dad reminded us that we just might have a goat in labor so we should probably head home to check on her. Upon arrival, we discovered that we did! And there will be more on that in the next post!