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Swallows (Hirundo rustica) were all over the fields hunting for insects on the way to and from the Ballymeanoch standing stones south of Kilmartin.

Swallows (Hirundo rustica) were all over the fields hunting for insects on the way to and from the Ballymeanoch standing stones south of Kilmartin.

Calamus Outfitters took us out before dawn, really cold, to watch, from converted school bus blinds, the Greater Prairie Chicken mating ritual called booming. Lots of birds plus deer & a coyote.

Calamus Outfitters took us out before dawn, really cold, to watch,  from converted school bus blinds, the Greater Prairie Chicken mating ritual called booming.  Lots of birds plus deer & a coyote.

The males preened constantly and sometimes fought viciously.

The males preened constantly and sometimes fought viciously.

Sandhill cranes in flight over the Platte River.

Sandhill cranes in flight over the Platte River.

Medium "horde" of sandhill cranes in the Platte River and more on the way.

Medium "horde" of sandhill cranes in the Platte River and more on the way.

From Fort Kearney State Recreation Area sandhill cranes with sunset reflecting off their wings.

From Fort Kearney State Recreation Area sandhill cranes with sunset reflecting off their wings.

Sandhill cranes turning as one in the evening sky.

Sandhill cranes turning as one in the evening sky.

Sandhill cranes leaving a fallow field for their nightly flight to spend the night on the Platte River where they are reasonably safe from predators.

Sandhill cranes leaving a fallow field for their nightly flight to spend the night on the Platte River where they are reasonably safe from predators.

Molting European Robin. Same bird, two images merged together. Cheeky little creature, it landed in front of us and gave us a good looking over before it flew off while we waited for the bus.

Molting European Robin. Same bird, two images merged together. Cheeky little creature, it landed in front of us and gave us a good looking over before it flew off while we waited for the bus.

We stayed in a beautiful setting with resident wildlife, this male mallard duck, or drake, is one of a number living there.

We stayed in a beautiful setting with resident wildlife, this male mallard duck, or drake, is one of a number living there.

Close enough, go away now.

Close enough, go away now.

Female mallard or hen.

Female mallard or hen.

This hen flew straight at me while I was taking pictures of the family of resident geese. She had apparently had enough of the drakes and the geese.

This hen flew straight at me while I was taking pictures of the family of resident geese.  She had apparently had enough of the drakes and the geese.

The resident geese family.

The resident geese family.

Tidying up after a swim.

Tidying up after a swim.

This seagull flies high above the free ferry we took to Smithfield. The 15-minute crossing from Glass House Point at Jamestown to the landing at Scotland Wharf is the only 24-hr state-run VA ferry.

This seagull flies high above the free ferry we took to Smithfield.  The 15-minute crossing from Glass House Point at Jamestown to the landing at Scotland Wharf is the only 24-hr state-run VA ferry.

Cormorants and gulls on a ferry piling. We met a woman who travels on the ferry daily, and saves bread to feed the birds on both sides of the James River.

Cormorants and gulls on a ferry piling. We met a woman who travels on the ferry daily, and saves bread to feed the birds on both sides of the James River.

Seagull by cliff walk from parking lot to Port Isaac.

Seagull by cliff walk from parking lot to Port Isaac.