|American White Pelicans at Horseshoe Lake|
Just south of St. Joseph is an oxbow called Horseshoe Lake just along Highway 59. In the mornings during the spring and fall migration seasons the lake becomes an avian airport with a constant stream of birds coming and going, taxing and loafing. Its quite a sight.
Imagine standing on the shore of this shallow lake engulfed in the constant calls of Red-winged Blackbirds, the twittering of five swallow species and the occasional eruptions of the wild, frenetic calls of the Pied-billed Grebe.
|White-faced Ibises and Snowy Egrets|
The skies above the lake are filled with the busy traffic of Bank, Barn, Rough-winged, Tree and Cliff Swallows doing their best to put a dent in the profusion of bugs that fill the air. Cormorants and ducks take off in pairs and larger groups. From time to time the air is filled with the mass arrival of flights of ducks, geese, cormorants, sandpipers and myriads of others as they settle in from their flight or return from their early morning forays.
|American White Pelicans in flight|
Each trip to the oxbow lakes of St. Joseph leaves me with a sense of peace and beauty. It reminds me of the mystery of nature, the sudden discovery of what you hadn't imagine was present. It leaves me with the eyes to see the beauty all around and an expectant heart. I can't wait to see whats around the corner.