Monday, January 16, 2012

Squaw Creek in the Winter

If you look for an interesting and exciting diversion, take a trip to the Squaw Creek National Wildlife Preserve. As you will see at the previous link, this beautiful area includes year-round birding fun and offers updated looks at the numbers of Bald Eagles and waterfowl in the area.

On Sunday, January 15, Deb Clopton and I drove out to the preserve to see a substantial number of Bald Eagles--mostly immature birds that hulk along the ice in the background, waiting--and Snow Geese.

The area presently houses around 250 Trumpeter Swans, graceful creatures in flight and when landing that huddled in the distance on the ice.

We saw a variety of other birds as well, including March Hawks and Canada Geese.

On the cold and windy morning, I took a video of the 200,000+ Snow Geese gathered on the ice.

As the video indicates, the wind blew at a substantial clip, so turn down the volume a
bit on the video until all the thousands of birds take off in a tornado-twisting and loud swirl.

I also posted some photographs from the excursion.


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