|The restroom was occupied by two frogs (that I saw).|
Kind of disconcerting in the early morning dim light, but a foreshadowing of things to come.
|Water levels were low or nonexistent everywhere except at Eagle Marsh.|
There were lots of Canada Geese and Cackling Geese.
Some ducks were in too, but too far out to see them.
|So I assume this is a Red-tailed Hawk, right?|
This marsh (Killdeer Marsh?) was almost completely dry. In the distance I could see a big puddle of water so I scanned it looking for a random shorebird or something. I saw movement! It was something hopping. Then I saw another and another and suddenly I realized frogs from all over were going to this water. I couldn't stand not seeing it up close so I started to walk out across the dried mud. I was concerned I would sink in and it would be a big mess, but I made it. It was like walking on a dry sponge.
|It still has a tail!! It's a Froglet. Really. I looked it up.|
The birds were sparse near the South Pond, but the dragonflies were amazing. I'm going to take a stab at identifying them. Tell me if you think I've got them wrong.
A map of Ankeny can be found here.