Every Spring, the Carson valley becomes a waystation for Bald Eagles as they gather during the birthing of the calves in the valley.
It's a great time to go admire cute baby cows and get a good look at the birds at the same time. Bald Eagles being scavengers for the most part, they enjoy the...uh...'leftovers' the birthing cows leave behind and bat cleanup after the calves are born.
It's kind of a big deal for people to go out with binoculars and telephoto lenses to get pictures of the eagles, right along highway 395 on the way into Carson City.
Anything involving birds, especially birds of prey, is fun for us, so today we grabbed the binoculars and the camera and headed out. We ran into lots of other people doing the same thing, newcomers would wander over and ask if we'd seen anything and get pointed in the right direction.
Lots of cows!
Unfortunately we didn't see any Bald Eagles at this spot, although we did spot some Sandhill Cranes.
We hung out for a bit, then decided to drive a bit further afield and headed for Genoa. We stopped to admire this guy's labor-intensive fencing, he had it all around his property.
The local newspaper has been warning people lately to stop feeding the Mule deer, they've gotten quite bold and lost their natural fear of people, coming right into people's yards and dangerously close to the highway.
This guy, for instance, had his own private herd in his yard...
This little buck waited a bit, then cautiously wandered over to the girls.
After we admired the deer we resumed our Bald Eagle search, trying some of the fields outside Genoa where things were quieter. We lucked out and found some in the trees waaaay out in the fields. This guy had his nest all built!
The bird in this tree didn't seem to welcome her friend at first...
...but they quickly seemed to get along quite well!
And then they sat and stared at us.
One of the trailheads is also a Nature Conservancy wetlands...
Hopefully the Bald Eagles qualify!