This morning Evan and I headed out to the patch to see what was going on. It was Tundra Swan City today. There were nearly 50 of them out there. I learned today that the yellow spot by the eye that determines if it is a Tundra can only be seen later when I look at the pictures. I could not pick it out when I was looking at them live. The swans were coming and going and gave me a chance to try some flight photography. Evan and I must have watched this show for nearly an hour.
Melissa thought it would be fun to go hiking today at Sibley State Park or Robbin’s Island. It would be a way we could all get out in the fresh air and maybe there would be some birds to look at. We drove back out to the swan patch to show Melissa and Marin. This time there were a lot more swans. It was an unbelievable scene. Here is a short video that captures what we saw.
On the way to Robbin’s Island we stopped by Foot Lake and then Willmar Lake to check out the waterfowl. It was a good thing we did because #100 was waiting for us on Willmar Lake – the Red-breasted Merganser.
Evan’s mom had told him that if we hit #100 today, we’d celebrate with some ice-cream. (When I added the Red-breasted Merganser to his list, I discovered that I never added the Hooded Merganser. Oops. I guess at 101, Evan is already on his way to 200.)