Yesterday I visited Ankeny NWR for the first time. I went with my good friend Laura who has been there many times and leads Audubon classes there a couple of times a year.
We got lucky and got a bit of sunshine and only a few showers.
I was glad to have a scope to look through, as most of the viewing is out on the water and a bit far away for binoculars. Because of that, I didn't get many bird photos.
We saw a lot of waterfowl.
Northern Pintails were abundant. Such beauties!
The skies were dark at times and shortly after this we got poured on!
The view from a mossy blind....
There were tons of tweety birds on the trail to the blind. I think we counted over 10 species including Bushtits, lots of Golden-crowned Kinglets, and Brown Creepers.
They flitted around as they gleaned insects off the mossy branches. Even sparrows were moving through looking for food under the moss.
And a Brown Creeper.
All in all a *great* day. we saw 43 species and had a wonderful time!