Apr 042011

We had a wonderful field trip to the Sweetwater Wetlands water treatment facility for our “Birds & Poems” course Saturday morning. Here are a few photos, but check out the full gallery of 39 images — both poets and birds — here.

Northern shoveler
A northern shoveler stretches his wings.

Red-winged blackbird
A red-winged blackbird eyes me as I consider Wallace Stevens’ “Thirteen Ways of Looking at a Blackbird.” How many ways do they have of looking at — or through — us?

American Coot
An American coot finds a thin branch to bring to its nest-in-progress at the pond’s edge.

Pied-billed grebe
The punk rocker of the Sweetwater crew: a pied-billed grebe, making a rare above-water appearance before diving.

View these and 35 other photos at http://www.simmonsbuntin.com/images/gallery/2011/sweetwater.

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