Anyway, on the way down, we stopped at a rest stop along the interstate to stretch our legs.
|"Ooh, Maggie - check it out! All about our adopted home state of Kansas!"|
|"OK, I'm done."|
"Wait! I'm still reading."
As we mentioned a couple weeks ago, it was quite foggy that day. Like ...
|Road to Quivira NWR|
... that foggy! There were lots of deer out! This White-Tailed Deer stopped and posed for Mom!
|Mom to deer: "... beware of cars! And be careful - there are a lot of hunters out! And ... oh, you're so beautiful!"|
She loves deer.
Anyway - this is one of the first birdies we saw, and it was a "lifer" for Mom!
Apparently, when they have their Winter outfits on, they don't have black bellies. How confusing!
We saw both kinds of Meadowlarks!
|And the Western Meadowlark (our state bird!)|
Mom had some people in one of her birdie groups help with the ID on them; they can be very hard to tell apart. She said that day, the easiest way to tell them apart was that the Westerns were much more cooperative!
There were lots of ducks there, like this tiny girl:
In the much larger birdie category ...
|A Bald Eagle, communing with some Mallards. Cows in the background.|
We also saw lots of Sandhill Cranes and some Whooping Cranes! (Link to those at the end of the post; we were really far away.)
Back to small birdies, we saw this little Pied-Billed Grebe:
He was friendly enough!
There are some other shorebirds still out there, such as:
It turned into such a beautiful day! It was fun exploring different parts of the refuge. We even went down some rather ... interesting roads.
|There WAS a road sign, but ...|
|"Are you sure this was Dad's idea and not yours, Mom? Seems like one of yours."|
"Dad? I think you need to let me drive."
What a great trip! Thanks for coming along with us! If you'd like to see more from that trip, please click here to visit our FlickR album (it's a 2-pager)!