On a hike along the Red Cedar State Trail we found large numbers of Spring Beauty Blooming.
Last week I saw my first Chipping Sparrow at my feeder.
Yesterday the first of the Rose-breasted Grosbeaks returned.
It rained most of the morning and was still raining in the afternoon. We finally decided we need to get out. I made and purchased some new rain gear and was anxious to try it out so we decided to drive down the the Trail and see what was happening. Things didn’t go well. When I arrived I realized that the plastic cover for the camera that I designed was not in the pack that I brought. It was still in the pack at home. I had purchased a new pair of rain pants that should allow me to put them on without taking my shoes off. I thought I would put them on at the trail head and see how things went. Unfortunately I had grabbed my old rain pants and couldn’t get them on over my boots. So much for testing my rain gear.
We were amazed at the number of flowers out along the trail. Most of them are weeks ahead of schedule.
Last spring I had a Pheasant banging on my basement window. This year it is a female Northern Cardinal. As soon as we hear the noise we knew someone was banging on the window.
The female was at it for several days before I took a few photos then covered the window with newspaper. The next day she had switched windows and was banging on another basement window. So I covered that window as well. A few hours later I was reading in the sunroom and she showed up banging on the sunroom sliding door. She has since moved to an octagonal window in the entryway. There is a pine tree near the window that makes it easy for her to perch by the window.
The first couple of days the male sat near the window and watched what was going on but after a couple of days he lost interest.
In spite of the fact that it is a national wildlife refuge I rarely manage to photograph any wildlife at Trempealeau. This trip was different. As we drove through I noticed a large number of Gulls flying around a backwater. When I went over to see what they were doing I found they were fishing. I watched for a while and managed to capture a few of them.
I also noticed a number of immature Bald Eagles watching the activity. On the trip we probably saw in excess of 30 Bald Eagles.
I was surprised to find the Painted Turtles out sunning themselves. It wasn’t all that warm out.
We noticed quite a few ducks in one of the backwaters so we stopped to watch. I managed to get a photo of this Northern Shoveler as it swam by.
While we were watching the ducks a Muskrat also swam by.
It was early in the spring and we were surprised at the number of animals we found in the park.
This was the first photograph I have gotten of Buffalo in the park. They usually hang out in the west end of the park and we normally don’t drive out that direction.
There were a number of herds of Mule Deer in various areas of the park.
Several herds of Bighorn Sheep were seen. The rams were no longer with the herd and it was a little early for the lambs. I had noticed a few sheep behind a hill. As I came over the hill this one was staring right at me.