The Coulees were full of Bald Eagles, perched in naked deciduous trees at the edge of farm fields. We spotted several flocks of juncos, horned larks, tree sparrows and crows apparently feeding on weed seeds recently uncovered along the roadsides by the county snow plows. Wild Turkeys foraged in the cornfields full of stunted stalks left unharvested after last summer's drought.
But despite my stealth Prius, the birds took off before I could open the car window.
We spotted lots of raptors in Praag Valley between Gilmantown and Czechville.
A dark-morph Rough-legged Hawk tipping his tail then lightening his load (note the white mute) before take-off.
But no Golden Eagles.
Our consolation prize? Five Ring-necked Pheasants, close-to-the-road.