Wednesday, August 18, 2010

Birds of Prey in La Cygne, KS

No, I didn't see a Kling-On ship, however I did see the most beautiful bird of prey in America and most surprising was I saw it in a La Cygne, KS pasture.

Last Friday Greg noticed a "Big" bird sitting in a dead tree in the pasture next to ours. That "Big" bird was a majestic bald eagle. I was in awe! I had never seen a bald eagle so close in the wild. Sure, I've seen them in the zoo, but not in it's natural habit. We have seen gold eagles at Hillsdale in a far off distance. However, I have never experienced an eagle this close!

He sat in the tree for awile and then took off in a graceful swoop letting the wind current glide him over the fields. The shadow he cast on the ground was enormous... a good 6 foot wing span.
A few days later a red tail hawk pair roosted on a corner post. By the time I got my camera the other one flew off. But this one has been coming back daily screeching from several of our corner posts. I just hope he/she is not planning on having chicken dinner.

My collie was shaved this past Spring and her coat is starting to come back in. She is the furriest collie I have ever had. Lots of dense under coat for winter warmth; not so good in a hot, humid Kansas summers. Kinda like sheep. :)

We also had some beautiful thunderstorms this past week that produced rainbows and a movie style sunset. One of the reasons I love Kansas is the sunsets on the wide open horizon. And the view from my pasture can sometimes be awe inspiring. Mother nature at her finest. Moments like this make up for the harshness of winter.

Speaking of winter and those crying for cooler weather, I found these pics from January 2010. It was 2 degrees with minus something wind chill for what seemed like forever all winter long. I went through pounds and pounds of seed. The only real enjoyment I get out of winter are the birds that visit our farm.

Well, I've done enough rambling for one evening. Let me know if you like winter or summer better. I'll take summer any day!


  1. Awww, you have a beautiful collie. Our first "baby" was a collie. I adored her, and still miss her. She lived a long and happy life. Collies. Love them!

  2. Bring on WINTER! I will take last years winter over this years summer any year.

    I have not seen bald eagles in the summer, but they are fairly common around the west of La Cygne, closer to me. We see 7-8 each winter around the river and atleast 2-3 around our house. But only in the winter. They are huge, beautiful birds.

    I love that sunset picture!!

  3. Spring and fall!!! Hot days of summer and dreary days of winter are just to be endured!

    In the four years we've lived out here, I've seen one bald eagle flying over the water while I was driving down 169 Hwy past Osawatomie. LaCygne has a lot of water and should make a wonderful spot for them. You're so lucky to have one near your house! Cool.