21 April, 2019

A Wetland Adventure

If you are following this blog and also listen to the Back Porch Birding podcast, you may already know that I recently went on a class trip to the Cheyenne Bottoms wetland area and Quivira National Wildlife Refuge. It was a super exciting time where we got to view some really amazing birds (mostly shorebirds) and I was even able to take a few decent photos. This blogpost will be a little different than others, being a photography highlight post instead of a more story-like post. Enjoy.


Black-crowned Night-Heron (Nycticorax nycticorax) hunched down in a grassy patch through the spotting scope
A congregation of Yellow-headed Blackbirds (Xanthocephalus xanthocephalus) with a few Red-winged Blackbirds (Agelaius phoeniceus) mixed in
Black-necked Stilt (Himantopus mexicanus) with it’s very distinct pink legs
American Avocet (Recurvirostra americana) churning up mud with its upturned bill
Ruddy Duck (Oxyura jamaicensis) characteristically sticking its tail up in the air
A mix of waterfowl, mostly Ruddy Ducks, with a few Lesser Scaup (Aythya affinis)
Great female Ruddy with a Lesser Scaup pair in the background and the distinct blue bill of the Ruddy Duck on the left


Hear more details about the trip on Episode 7 of the Back Porch Birding Podcast

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