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A Day At Elizabeth Lake

Saturday, February 26, 2011

Last Monday I was taking part of the "Great Backyard Bird Count" So my Hubby and I headed to Elizabeth Lake. There are always different birds that I don't normally see around here. It takes about 30 mins. to get there, and a beautiful drive. First thing I spotted before we were far from home. The Bison were at the front of the ranch, not far from the road. I had to stop and get new pics. This ranch is about 8 mins. from our home. Awesome. Alice was most disappointed I made her stay in the car.

We got to the lake, and thank goodness it was a sunny day, with blue skies. Just a few clouds. We saw some birds that we think are Canvasbacks.

American Coots were there.

Mallards, quack quack

A Spotted Sandpiper. I was trying to get a close up of the bird, but it flew off before I could get my camera situated.

There were a couple of Seagulls flying around.

Also two Turkey Buzzards was flying around. Only took a pic of one.

There was someone out in their boat fishing. It was a bit windy, but it didn't stop them.

We saw 5 Red Tailed Hawks. Most of them in pairs, which is good. Means there will be babies. Also there were 5 birds we have never seen in that area before. In doing research, I think they are Helmented Guinea fowl, but the birds were to far away to know for sure.

I am going to make a point of getting out to the lake more often. There are a variety of birds, there, and I haven't seen them all yet. Here is a link if you want to check out all of the birds in that area. Good variety!

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    This sounds like a fun way to spend a day!
    3797 days ago
  • no profile photo CD8158758
    I love Bison! They remind me of the old west-I can see Wild Bill in my mind on his horse looking out over a field of wild buffalo! Nice photos-really like bird watching too. We thought about taking part in the bird count next time they need it. Good job! emoticon
    3809 days ago
    Great pictures - I like the way you captured the bird emoticon
    3810 days ago
    looks like ya'll had a great time ... way to get out & enjoy nature!
    3811 days ago
    nice pictures I too headed out to the lake to check out the birds for the backard count and was not disappointed in the great variety we saw but there were several cranes and storks that I was not sure of what the names were. If I had taken pictures I cound have id them later

    it was nice weather for it
    3811 days ago
    Great pics! I always enjoy your blogs! emoticon
    3811 days ago
  • BANAN2
    What's the difference between a bison and a buffalo? Inquiring minds want to know!
    3811 days ago
  • no profile photo IRISH_AGUIRRE
    Great day! I love mallards & sandpipers, and of course, Red Tailed Hawks have always been some of my favorites!
    3811 days ago
  • no profile photo CD4515830
    3812 days ago
    This is really a great idea and would be neat if many of us did the same thing - capture our 'territory' when we take walks by clicking as we go! I am training for a Half Marathon (walking) as a fundraiser for the Leukemia/Lymphoma Society, so one day, I'll do the same and snap a few photos as I go along. Thanks for sharing!
    3812 days ago
    What an enjoyable day. Thanks for sharing.

    3812 days ago
    Great blog...I felt as if I was there with you, wish i had been!
    Love the pictures, it looks a beautiful place for a wonderful walk.
    3812 days ago
    Wow Jeanne! What a lovely blog and beautiful pictures too. Love the bison and the buzzard especially. The lake looks very beautiful and tranquil. What a lovely place to walk. The link was very good and I notice we share some of the birds, mostly ducks, geese and swans. I have added it to my nature notes because it was so good. Thank you for sharing your day!
    3812 days ago
    As usual gorgeous ! Poor Alice stuck in the car LOL!My husband makes me stay in the car sometimes at Jasper he says I can't be trusted not to try and make friends with the wild animals .Such a spoilsport he caught me petting a mountain goat it did nose me .
    3812 days ago
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