We've been having a lot of spring snow storms lately. Sunday, the weather broke and it was warm and sunny. So, I took the opportunity to take a little road trip. This photo is of a Blue-Winged Teal flying over the cattail marshes near the highway entrance to Bent's Old Fort National Historic Site. The fort is located in southeast Colorado near the town of La Junta. The area draws lots of waterbirds due to the reservoirs and cattail complexes along the Arkansas river. In addition to this Blue-Winged Teal, I saw (and heard) large numbers of Red-Winged Blackbirds, Canada Geese, Buffleheads, Cinnamon Teal, American Coot and various unidentified species.
I look forward to returning to this area to see the Mississippi Kite and the Colorado Black Rails.
If you're interested in any of these birds, the Cornell Lab of Ornithology is a great resource.
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