Monday, October 29, 2007


Squaw Creek
National Wildlife Refuge
comprises 7,350 acres.
It is along the eastern edge of the
Missouri River floodplain.

We watched Great Egrets,
Ducks, Geese and Hawks.
We watched juvenile
Double-crested Cormorants

and their parents dry their wings
on muskrat houses.

Although Squaw Creek is in the Midwest, many shore birds come through
on their way south to their winter homes.
We watched Yellowlegs and Coots.
The Swans will begin migrating in December to winter here.
The Eagles have already begun to arrive.

I could watch all day.


Lisa at Greenbow said...

I could watch all day too. :)

Q said...

Dear Lisa,
I never want to leave Squaw Creek when it is time for us to go. It is beautiful. Every time I go the landscape is different, the birds and butterflies are different! I saw a Bronze Copper butterfly! First time I have ever seen one. I think it would take me a week to walk around the entire area. I do stop often to take photos.

Mary said...

OH, Sherry, I could watch all day with you, too. Cape May would have been great but watching birds with you would be better.

Sprite said...



Wow, there are a lot of birds I've never heard of. How fascinating!

What is the first white bird? It is a stunning photograph.

Just beautiful.


Q said...

Dear Mary,
We would be wonderful birding buddies! Cape May would have been nice! We would have had fun.
I wonder if someone carries the equipment and snacks? I like to have my place to sit, my beverage and my camera stuff. When you and I go birding we will laugh... the birds are very funny.

Q said...

Dear Sprite,
Lots of birds are in our world!
So sad many are dying!
The white flying bird is a Great Egret. My husband took the photo.
We shared the camera.
Here in Missouri we have many different wildlife perserves. I was thinking of you while watching Great Blue Herons. They are stunning too.
One of these days I would like to see the Cranes. I read the Wooping Crane migrates through Kansas. I would like to see them. Their numbers are slowly increasing as awareness has increased.

Mary said...

You are a riot! You must *hire* someone to carry your equipment when we bird in Cape May or wherever!

Q said...

Dear Mary,
Oh! Like a Sherpa. I understand.
I did get a camouflage vest with lots of pockets for lens, filters and that sort of thing. Also camouflage hat and gloves. They have these great camouflage outfits that look like leaves on trees. They actually sort of move a bit. You can get pants, tops, full head covering and shoes. Once dressed a person would look like a tree. I want this outfit. I want to look like a tree. I could lay in the backyard and be a log. My husband thought we could get these outfits and walk around like Ents.
The possibilities are endless.
We will go birding together. It is a must, with or without handlers and tree outfits. We will just go!
We will have fun.