There are worse ways to spend the better part of a day than wandering through nature. Here are highlights of things seen two days ago.
Vultures return to this area mid-March, but I would not have expected to see one so quickly, let alone have the unusual view of the topside of its wings.
This is the first time I have seen a shrike with prey, and a vole, no less. Unfortunately, the shrike was flying just behind a red osier dogwood.
This is a portion of a much larger herd of elk seen in the distance.
A killdeer flew by.
The pintail is an elegant-looking duck, but I have rarely seen more than two at once. This flying flock was spectacular.
The season is early, but this view of a portion of a rookery already shows a half-dozen Great Blue Herons and a couple of Double-crested Cormorants.
When leaving its perch, this hawk spread its wings and tail.
This male was in full song and full display.