Friday, May 19, 2006
Thursday, May 18, 2006
Green Heron on the wing at Chautauqua Lake. Scott and I had a great outing yesterday morning. We drove down to Spring Lake in Tazewell County to see if any baby swans were around. Yes there were! In stead of driving down the lake road, we took that gravel road behind the lake, between the slough and the new wetland they are creating, called Spring Lake Bottoms. It is a gorgeous place. Wildflowers made the northern part of it a sea of color. Farther south, it is wetter, and waterfowl were in abundance, including what we thought was a White Ibis (scroll down for a blurry photo taken from a long distance). I don't think it is an ibis now, probably another egret. At Chautauqua Wildlife Refuge, we saw even more waterfowl. Some of the photos are posted below. If I have misidentified anything, please let me know.
Green Heron hiding in the grass and Chautauqua Lake just below the dike on the south pool side. Scott saw too of them fly down there and disappear. I never could see them. They are so green! But one of them showed up in a couple of photos I took. Click on the photo to enlarge it and see the heron.
What we thought might be a White Ibis, along the edge of the marsh behind Spring Lake, about a half mile away. Click on the photo to enlarge. This is a small cropped area from a photo of the marsh. I have several more, you can see him from different angles as he moves around. After everyone reviewed the photos in photobucket, the conclusion is that it is probably not an Ibis.