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Spectacular Day on the Refuge

July 17, 2016

Steider Studios.Mt Adams.7.13.16

One of the reasons I love Conboy Lake National Wildlife Refuge is the peaceful quiet setting.  I went up on Wednesday to meet the new manager and ended up staying all….day….long….  It was simply put ~ a spectacular day.

Steider Studios.Baby Pie-billed Grebe.7.13.16

After leaving the office, I looked around Lake Road to see what I could find.  I thought this was a juvenile Pied-billed Grebe, but have since learned it’s a juvenile Coot!

Steider Studios.Great Blue Heron.7.13.16

A Great Blue Heron fishing caught my attention…I watched him until he flew off to ‘greener streams’.

Steider Studios.Cedar Waxwing.7.13.16

Plenty of little birds filled the air with song.  Cedar Waxwing above; little sparrow below.

Steider Studios.Sparrow.7.13.16

I haven’t looked him up yet to see what he is.  If you know, do tell!!

Steider Studios.Yellow-headed Blackbird.7.13.16

To my delight, I found a Yellow-headed Blackbird!  And I heard Soras!!  I crept around the reeds as quiet as could be and distinctly heard at least two & maybe three but they did not show themselves.  I’ll be back soon to stalk them!

Steider Studios.Sandhill Crane.7.13.16

My next stop was the Kiosk area on the Glenwood Hwy.  Early in the morning I heard plenty of Sandhill Cranes calling, but by mid morning I only found one pair.  I became one with the field of grass hoping they wouldn’t see me.  OH!  See the vertical white splotches in the background?  Too far away for me to get a decent shot, but there were at least 15 Great Blue Herons lined up across the field!

Steider Studios.Western Bluebird.7.13.16

I usually see woodpeckers around the Kiosk, but did not.  Instead I found a Western Bluebird, …

Steider Studios.Wren.7.13.16

…and a House Wren.  Last year there was an Oriole nest here, but alas I didn’t see any this time.  There were also sparrows and Juncos flitting too fast for my heavy lens to follow.

Steider Studios.Duck Family.7.13.16

The Canal area is another favorite area for me and I went there to check on the Wood Duck Family but didn’t find them.  I found this little family though ~ Pintails?

Steider Studios.Meadowlark.7.13.16

A Western Meadowlark stood sentry at the Glenwood Hwy and Canal intersection.

Steider Studios.Western Tanager female.7.13.16

See her?  I almost missed her!  And then her mate flew in….

Steider Studios.Western Tanager.7.13.16

…With TREATS!  Western Tanager, yet another favorite.  Isn’t he gorgeous?!  Grasshoppers swarmed the canal area and filled the air with each step I took.  Several flew into my open car windows, so I decided to move on.

Steider Studios.Mt Adams from Kreps Ln.7.13.16

No trip to the refuge is complete without a little drive down Kreps Lane.

Steider Studios.Red winged Blackbird.7.13.16

Red-winged Blackbirds greeted me on fence posts.

Steider Studios.Eastern Kingbird.7.13.16

Eastern Kingbirds posed for me.

Steider Studios.Cliff Swallows.7.13.16

While Swallows evaded me.

Steider Studios.Turkey Vulture.7.13.16

My last stop was off of Lakeside Drive and Outlet Creek.  Greeted by a couple of Turkey Vultures, I found a shady spot and enjoyed my picnic lunch while watching them.  Watching them watch me, that is!

Steider Studios.RWBlackbird female.7.13.16

I watched the birds at water’s edge … what’s better than a female Red-winged Blackbird?

Steider Studios.RWBlackbird fe with bug.7.13.16

A female Red-winged Blackbird with SNACKS of course!

Steider Studios.Dragonfly on flower.7.13.16

My focus went to Dragonflies as they were everywhere!

Steider Studios.Dragonfly Duo on Reed.7.13.16

I saw several varieties including these acrobats hanging out on reeds.  My shots of  red dragonflies turned out too blurry to share!

Steider Studios.Fly on Pink Flower.7.13.16

Other insects buzzed about including this one as well as a variety of butterflies.

Steider Studios.Killdeer.7.13.16

A Killdeer foraged for food at the waters edge.

Steider Studios.Sandpiper Pair.7.13.16

Then I noticed a pair of Sandpipers across from me.

Steider Studios.Spotted Sandpiper.7.13.16

And a Spotted Sandpiper ran across the grassy-covered mud right in front of me!

Steider Studios.Canada Geese.7.13.16

When the Canada Geese took off I decided it was time for me to do the same.  Can’t wait to go back!!

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6 Responses to “Spectacular Day on the Refuge”

  1. cfortglass Says:

    Oh Linda these are all so beautiful. One of these days i want us to go together. C

    On Sun, Jul 17, 2016 at 5:20 PM, Steider Studios Blog wrote:

    > Steider Studios posted: ” One of the reasons I love Conboy Lake National > Wildlife Refuge is the peaceful quiet setting. I went up on Wednesday to > meet the new manager and ended up staying all….day….long…. It was > simply put ~ a spectacular day. After leaving the ” >


  2. Thanks so much Charlene! Any time you want, let’s go!!

  3. Nancy Says:

    Luv your photos! I believe the ducks are Mallards. I raised some when I was a kid and they look just like my babies. Again, great photos. Thank you for sharing.


  4. Thanks so much Nancy! At first I thought they were Mallards too, but check their Mama. She is more patterned, & hard to tell in this photo, but she is smaller than a Mallard.

  5. Nancy Says:

    Mmmm, perhaps an American Black Duck. I do know my female had a blue stripe on each wing and underneath each wing beautiful white feathers. The babies also looked like those in the photo. Either way, absolutely adorable.


  6. Yes, that’s what led me away from Mallard, no blue. When I have more time I’ll edit the post with a closer view of Mama. I agree, they’re adorable!


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