Sunday, April 21, 2013

Trempealeau National Wildlife Refuge

This fine spring April morning we've had a combination of snow, sleet, and rain.  Luckily we enjoyed a more traditional spring day yesterday and went to Trempealeau National Wildlife Refuge in search of a Mountain Bluebird.  

We were not successful in finding this Wisconsin rarity, but we did enjoy walking Pine Creek Dike trail.  The girls , identified ducks from the observation platform using scopes and collected rocks and sticks during the mile long walk.  Michaela pointed out a the first garter snake of the year, after which both girls informed me what we should do if it were a rattlesnake.

Christine took a few bird photos, with the best found below.  The girls watched a movie on the drive over and back and while at the Refuge I ran into other birders from MN and WI.
Golden-crowned Kinglet
Eastern Bluebird
Eastern Phoebe

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