Last weekend, I had a little time to get out to a couple nearby Rainwater Basin wetlands. These shallow wetlands rely on precipitation to fill them, and are often dry by early to mid summer. I went out to see how they were doing this spring, which has been cool and dry. It was a beautiful calm evening, and there were still a few areas of water. (It was also just a little early in the season for mosquitoes.)
It’s migration time for shorebirds, and the two wetlands were packed with sandpipers, phalaropes, dowitchers, and a few ducks. I even spooked up an American bittern as the sun was going down.