|Fire Wheel or Indian Blanket|
We traveled through the Oklahoma Panhandle to the Cimarron Grasslands in Southwestern Kansas. We were mainly looking for the Lesser Prairies Chickens which are difficult to find. We heard them in the distance and got a glimpse of them but nothing close enough to photograph. The wildflowers were blooming and the grasslands green as they have had plenty of rain.
|Yes it's another Western Diamond-backed Rattlesnake|
We traveled across Kansas into Nebraska, avoiding severe weather as much as possible. We arrived at DeSoto National Wildlife Refuge on the Nebraska/Iowa border and spent two days enjoying the sights. This pair of eagles came in and out of the nest several times bringing fish for the eaglets.
We arrived in Wisconsin on May 15th and camped at Wyalusing State Park for three days. We were at the end of warbler migration but were able to find 23 species of warblers out of the 104 species of birds here before we headed to the Madison area.
|Trumpeter Swan nest on the Mississippi River|
We stopped at Arena boat landing and found this Black-capped Chickadee nest down in the post. The bird was turning green from rubbing against the algae in the post each time they brought food into the nest.
We spent a day at Horicon Marsh NWR to see what birds we could add to our Wisconsin and year list. These Bobolinks were very numerous this year - a pleasant surprise.
|American Bittern tries to hide|
It's great to be back in Wisconsin. We look forward to seeing our son Troy and his wife Carmen and friends and relatives.
Love & Prayers,
Ty & Ida Baumann