Sunday, hubby & I went back to the Hop-In Refuge, hoping this time we’d see the Sandhill Cranes. (if you remember, our trip the weekend before , we came up dry). Luck was on our side and skies were busy with cranes flying around but we couldn’t see any landing in the nearby cornfields they usually roost in. We followed a flock a few miles down the road to field not in the refuge and it paid off. We also saw our first owl in the wild..not one but two! Tuesday, my fellow photographer buddy, Susan, and I went back to the Hop-In Refuge to see the cranes again. The weather was mild and we hoped the warmth hadn’t driven the cranes into colder temperatures. We didn’t see a thing in the sky and the fields around the refuge were bare as well so we went back towards the location we’d seen them in earlier in the week and luck was on side again. We didn’t see any owls in this outing but we did see a ton of hawks. We had bird fever!
Sunday the skies were dotted with Sandhill Cranes
And the fields weren’t too shabby either.
We saw our first Short-Eared Owl.
And our first Barred Owl
Tuesday they had moved into various other cornfields….always just out of the reach of the zoom. lol
We found a few *couples* here and there..I guess they wanted to be alone.
(Red Shouldered Hawk) The fields were full of hawks this day too. Must have been lunchtime.
Listen closely to that familiar sound…I love it.