Mom (my 87 year old mother) and I and Murphy (4 year old black lab) went out to the wildlife refuge Wednesday evening, cheerily eating our Dairy Queen cones (no, Murphy did not have a cone)! We got to see a plethora of wildlife - kestrel with mouse on power line, male and female pheasant, lots of Canadien geese, starlings, cormorants, yellow-headed blackbirds, American avocets, coots, Northern Shovelers, and blue herons, among others. I think we saw a red fox but it moved way too quickly for identification. Good time out there just watching and listening to the world of birds and water. Here's a couple of pics from our time together.
Did you know that herons are solitary birds except for mating season?