Thursday, October 1, 2009

Down the Mississippi

October blew in - bringing us one spectacular, sunny day.

We hopped in the car and headed down-river, on the Wisconsin side.  The bluffs were still more green than red and gold.  Hawks, eagles and vultures were floating on thermals.  Water levels were low, but deep enough to attract Blue-winged Teal, Coots and Great Egrets to the wetlands at Rieck's Lake Park in Alma.  Roadside stands advertised pumpkins, apples and raspberries.
Great Egret 
We headed to Myrick Park for a walk through the marsh and the new EcoPark building.

The beavers had been busy at the marsh - water levels were high.  Canada Geese, Pied-billed Grebes and teal paddled through the duckweed.  A bald eagle skimmed just over the surface of the water hunting fish and hassling muskrats.  Warblers were moving through, flitting from treetop to treetop.   

a view of the bluffs from Myrick-Hixon EcoPark

Myrick-Hixon EcoPark - new building

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