|Where Does This Trail Lead?|
I have talked previously about sitting still for a while and let the world around us settle down to normal routine. I may even get a bit of a blind to wrap myself in and try that. I have always enjoyed sitting still anyways, especially if there is a wide view. I got a few shots at least and when I did sit still. I got a few shots of various black birds once they got used to the idea that they could move quicker than I.
I noticed along the road into this refuge many birdhouse now occupied by tree swallows. Last year and the year before they were almost all inhabited by blue birds. Are the swallows chasing the blue birds away?
Following is a list of birds I was able to reasonably able to reliably identify on this tour:
Red winged blackbird
Yellow headed blackbird
Northern Shoveller, more than I remember seeing other years.
Green winged teal
Blue winged teal
Eastern King bird
Sharp shinned hawk
Red tailed hawk
Common yellow throat
Ring necked duck
All in all, a pretty good day for a stalking, photographing, predatory birdwatcher.
I took a different road home and paused at an area of shallow wells. You can always tell that when you see old windmills on abandoned homesteads. These windmills pumped water for household use or for filling cattle troughs.
I even paused for a look at one quircky item on the edge of the village of Lamont. This is the location of a large automobile wrecking yard and a limousine graveyard memorial. Don't ask why, ask why not! There has to one somewhere, right?
There is plenty of action and sights to see in this part of the world, if we can just get out there and quietly observe. This tour took about 6 hours.