Friday, March 8, 2013

Squaw Creek & Lewis and Clark Lake Bird Watching - 2/3/2013

Sigrid, Edel DeMaria, and I got up very early on the morning of February 3rd so we could get to Squaw Creek around sunrise.  We did the same thing in December 2011 and really enjoyed it.  There is also a blog posting on that trip if you enjoy these photos.  Squaw Creek is just north of St Joseph, MO off of I-29.

As it turned out, we missed some of the birds since we were here later in the winter.  There was only one Bald Eagle at Squaw Creek.  We chased the poor guy all over the lake taking photos of him.  It wasn't until we got to the back side of the lake that we found a few ducks and swans.  There was snow on the ground so we had to play a little.


This eagle is a juvenile....his head feathers haven't turned white yet.

We finally got too close so the all took off.

We were very excited as we approached Lewis & Clark Lake and saw all the Snow Geese.  The Parks people estimated that there were 40,000 of them on the lake.

About the time we were getting ready to leave, something got them stirred up or it was just time to get some exercise.  More and more of them took to the air until it appeared to be a solid wall of birds.

Eventually, they all landed again as we were leaving.  We may try to get out again this coming December to see more of the Bald Eagles.

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