Rapid Creek, early morning
Today was day 3 of the West River Migration Count. I would like to take this opportunity to register an official protest against the hours that birds keep. 6 a.m. on a beautiful weekend morning is a bit over the top, unless you're a bird person or stumbling along in the wake of one. Next time, the birds can come to us, says I.
We birded along Canyon Lake and upstream along Rapid Creek for most of the morning, then moved up to Mary Hall Park for a few hours. Gene is compiling the statistics, as birders do, and we'll post those later. I just have a few shots of the sightings. Enjoy.
Cedar waxwing, posing nicely for bleary-eyed photographer
Great blue heron avidly fishing at the fish hatchery ponds. I think this is cheating.
Wood ducks at the fish hatchery
Common mergansers on Canyon Lake
Osprey coming in
Turkey vultures rising
Catbird. These were making nests all around the tiny creek in Mary Hall Park.
Black-headed grosbeak being splendid in the sun.
Sign not normally seen within most city limits...but this is Rapid City.