When we disembarked from the bus, the field trip leaders--Tom Langschied, Brian Williams, Gavin Bieber and Jay Packer--dispensed tape to cover shoelaces and wrap around ankles to deter sand burrs and chiggers, respectively. Yep, we looked like a bunch of dorks. Nope, you don't get to see a photo of our dorkness.
Instead, you get to look at this:
We spend a good amount of time looking for and at a Ferruginous Pygmy-Owl. Four spotting scopes at two locations allowed everyone to eventually peek at the well-hidden little bird.
After everyone had seen the owl, I enjoyed a slightly longer view. The owl turned its head a couple times, and its blazing yellow eyes surprised me with their intensity. Very cool bird.
I also enjoyed looking at the flora and fauna. Can someone tell me the names of this flower and this caterpillar? (Click on the image for a larger version.)
The other avian highlight, for me, was the White-tailed Hawk. We saw it perched a fair distance away and looked at it through the spotting scopes. Then it began flying toward us and soaring with Turkey Vultures. What a beautiful raptor!