Our search today started at Whitewater State Park in Winona County. Driving into the park, I spotted this deer......can you see it?
OK, how 'bout now? Yeah, you're right....the head always makes a deer so much easier to spot!
But wait, there's more! A few more miles down the road we had to stop to allow this pretty doe and her 2 adorable fawns to cross the road. Fortunately, I had my camera ready and was able to get some good photos.
We left the state park and headed out into the Whitewater Wildlife Management area. Check out this ideal yellow-headed blackbird habitat. Plenty of water and marshy areas all surrounded by cattails. But did we ever spot a yellow-headed blackbird? No, not a single one!!
And even though we never did find that elusive yellow-headed blackbird, we were rewarded with plenty of other beautiful sights along the way.
Lots of colorful wildflowers
Wood ducks hanging out on a nesting platform
Great Blue Heron patiently searching for lunch
And check out all those beautiful water lilies in the background. I believe they're American Lotus and there were thousands of these blooming all over in the ponds.
Another Great Blue Heron (they're such cool birds!)