We’ve said it before, that one of the great things about living in our part of the world is the bird population. Our favorite bike route is the La Crosse River State Trail, and the first few miles from the Medary trailhead would be a birder’s paradise.
Canada geese are overabundant around here, but at this time of year you can see them out with their babies.
We’ve been noticing sandhill cranes for the past two years now, and we see them on at least half our rides.
This pair of birds was chattering to us while we were taking a break as we approached West Salem. We’re not sure what they are, so if you can help identify them we’d appreciate it.
We see a lot of great egrets and great blue herons, but the herons haven’t posed for us yet. The birds are related and look very much alike. The link below opens a three-second video. It’s a 6-frame burst of a great egret landing on its perch overlooking the La Crosse River Marsh as seen from the bike trail.
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Thanks for sharing the beautiful photos – I love hearing that you are seeing Sandhill cranes on a regular basis. La Crosse is so lucky to have wonderful bike trail systems for everyone to enjoy. Carol
The little birds look like young and/or female purple martins! 🙂 Love the photos. We love the marsh trails and seeing all the nature too. It just about makes the winters worth it.