Migrating Snow Geese in flight

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Bald Eagles Other Wildlife Spring 2007

March 8, 2007
These migrating Snow Geese were just north of Highway 2 and east of Nebraska City on the Iowa side of the River.

Snow Geese in field of corn stubble

Snow Geese between Nebraska City and Waubonsie State Park, in Iowa.

I had to get my Audubon "Field Guide to Birds" from the shelf to identify these "White-fronted Geese".  Plus, there is one Canada Goose pair near the center of the picture, and a Mallard pair in the foreground.

 

 

White-fronted Geese on frozen farm pond

White-fronted Geese

The Mallards are in the lower right of the picture, and the Canada Geese are left of center.

 

 

Whitefronted Geese close-up

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When the Redwing Blackbird 'sings' his claim to his 'courting' territory, his bright red 'shoulders' flare up as a threatening image.

Redwing Blackbird

The Redwings are back, and they are marking their territories with their ricochet call.

I needed my field guide to birds for this one as well.  It looks like a "Common Goldeneye".  I don't think I've ever seen one of these before.

Common Goldeneye

Common Goldeneye (not that common)

The little Muskrats don't seem to care that Canada Geese and other birds squat on their houses now and then.

Canada Geese on Muskrat 'house'

Canada Geese on Muskrat 'house' at Squaw Creek National Wildlife Refuge, a favorite stop of mine along my delivery route.

 

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