Beautiful weather this morning on my paddle to the west on my local lakes. I was on the water by 10am and spent about three hours total. I paddled to the west toward the less developed lakes, so as to hopefully find more wildlife to view. I was rewarded well for my choice.
Mute Swans: Several pairs, some with signets swimming along with the adults.
Canada Geese: Can't walk without stepping in their "leavins".
Red Tailed Hawks: Chased everywhere by crows and red-winged blackbirds.
Blue Herons: They go unnoticed until they jump into the air.
Sand Hill Cranes: Huge birds with almost silent flight, but a real alarm klaxon for a voice.
Muskrats: Lazily swimming in tight circles, completely aloof to my presence.
A little snake: I don't know what kind, but it liked swimming around my kayak when I took a break at the halfway point.
Tom Turkey: I didn't see him, but I heard him and by the location I believe him to be wild.
Rooster Pheasant: Didn't see him either, but could not miss his crow.
Total distance today was only about five miles, for three hours, a very leisure pace.