October Trico

Here's an image of a female trico taken on Silver Creek two days ago.  While there are not many tricos left, there are certainly a few lingering.  I took the shot below not long after the trico emerged.  Silver Creek is a pretty cool place to be right now as Sandhill Cranes are there in abundance and sounding out their prehistoric garble.  A heard of elk is on the upper end of the preserve and some of the bulls can be heard bugling...  Moose, too, have been wandering around the preserve, albeit quietly.  Raptors in abundance--from bald eagles to the smallish and erratic flying harriers-- are seeking out their prey including overly abundant voles.