We were there two years ago, and a bit earlier than this year. A weather was kind of rainy in March and we wanted it to be sunny; however, this time it was too late to see some birds because they were already gone – snow geese left about two weeks before which is, to say the truth, quite a bit late for them. Also we’ve seen less bird species than before – no woodpeckers, no pintails, even raptors were just a distant shades in the sky. But sandhill cranes made themselves really at home there – last time there were only couple of them; this time I think there were 6-8 of them, maybe even more. And they are very tame 🙂
In order to keep them in sanctuary, staff closed a part of the trail where they were nesting, and hopefully it will be productive.
This time there were much more chicks than during our first visit. We’ve seen mallards:
and we could see that tree swallows were very busy feeding their young ones
Male wood ducks were kind of shy,
Mallards and Canada Geese were demanding food in return for the safe passage
but this little guy really made my day 😀
This is the best photo of the hummingbird I made so far and I hope there will be more of them in the future 🙂
More photographs here.