on the river

A bright, sunny day above freezing requires a long walk, and what better place to go walking than by the river where the birds are supposed to hang out.  Suddenly there seem to be many more migrants around:  Red-winged Blackbirds, Song Sparrows, and Chipping Sparrows added their musical calls to those of the resident Cardinals, Chickadees, etc.

By the water’s edge, a couple of surprises awaited  us.

A pair of Kildeer were foraging (?) in the muddy grass.

A pair of Kildeer were foraging (?) in the muddy grass.  

A pair of immature Bald Eagles obviously didn't read the "Thin Ice" sign before stepping out on the icy edge.

A pair of immature Bald Eagles obviously didn’t read the “Thin Ice” sign before stepping out on the icy edge of the river.  Another pair of adult Bald Eagles soared overhead.

A lone kayaker braved the chilly water of the Minnesota River.  But what a great way to sneak up on the ducks!

A lone kayaker braved the chilly water of the Minnesota River to float downstream toward the Mississippi.  But what a great way to sneak up on the ducks!

It’s great to be able to walk around outdoors again!  Hooray for spring.

4 thoughts on “on the river

    • I marvel when these migrants show up so early at what they can possibly find to eat here. The ground is still frozen, there certainly aren’t any insects around, and fruits and seeds are long gone. What could a kildeer find to eat I wonder?

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