We had an alert last week that Sandhill Cranes were roosting over night on the lake at the Kentucky State Reformatory that is within 5 miles of our home.
I went the next morning, before sunrise.
Of course I was told that the Cranes had flown out a good 45 minutes earlier...sigh!
That did not diminish my excitement though.
I have seen lots of Canada Geese, but NEVER had I seen over 2,000 of them before.
What a loud, welcoming treat it was too!
That evening, I decided to take a friend with me and see if possibly the Cranes would return...
Of course they did not...sigh...ha ha
I was busy chasing after what I think was a Cooper's Hawk and left my friend Sandy talking with another birder/photographer.
After I walked back to where they were, I was told.
"Mary, this man knows you, he has followed your blog for 4 years!"
Jim Johnson who manages the blog:
That is not what you think...it is Goat Sass Farm ;)
Jim and his wife are from the far Western part of the state and had been visiting family over in my county...
Not only that, yesterday, my husby had taken me into Jefferson County to do a bit of birding and who would drive up, but Jim and his wife...
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Along with the thousands of Canada Geese was one lone Ross's Goose.
You could hear it's voice rising above that of all of the Canada Geese...awe~
Below a small group of Northern Shovelers fly in...
I had never seen them before...NICE~
As the sunshine arose, it cast a beautiful copper colouration upon those in winged flight...breath taking beauty~
My thoughts kept being tugging toward the one Ross's Goose...
Wonder where it's family has gotten to and how long before it sees more like itself~
There it goes, and it seems to be sticking close by these Canada Geese, it is still with them, days later ;)
After the Canada Geese flew out of this area, the Northern Shovelers took over the thawed section of water~
I almost did not add in the images below...
Sandhill Cranes flying over my neighborhood as I am heading home from market...
Of course I missed them ;)
I was invited to go to a different park and pond last Friday and I was introduced for the first time to Gadwell and Green-winged Teal.
This is beginning to be such fun, seeing these new species!
Below are Green-winged Teal~
Yesterday, the husby took me into Eastern Jefferson County to a local park with a lake area.
That was where we ran into Jim and his wife once again.
I had seen Goldeneyes, maybe only one other time.
They are so beautiful.
There were 4 in this group, as a light snow fell over us.
It was a good week, a very good week~