AAnother bike ride in mid-April on my favorite trail that runs through the cow pastures. The sun had just come up when I got out there.
I stopped when I saw 2 sandhill cranes walking across the pasture. As I stood there they both went under the fence and onto the trail right in front of me. I had to quickly back up to fit the first one in the shot. I was trying to keep my distance but they kept walking closer. I hope people aren’t feeding them here.
Some of the usual birds along the trail. A great crested flycatcher and a meadowlark. Both with distinct calls so I heard them before I saw them.
When I first got to the eagle’s nest the almost grown babies were eating and a parent was sitting up there with them. Then the parent took off.
Cruising right past me.
As I was standing there watching the eagle flying around I saw the juvenile eagle fly down to the almost dry pond just under the nest. It seemed to be trying to catch something small but I don’t think he succeeded. It might have been a lizard.
The above is not a good shot and I almost didn’t take it thinking it was a red shoulder hawk but when I got home and cropped it up I realized it was a merlin. I have not seen one of those in a long time.
I think this calf now has his own personal cattle egret to follow him around and eat his bugs. They were staring at each other for a while.
This cow had his cattle egret close by but the colors on the cattle egret’s face looks like he was ready to start nesting.
Taken with my phone on the trail, the utility tower on the right is where the eagles have their nest.