A Visit To Lakeside Nature Center

On Thursday, I went on a small adventure to a local nature center.  First, I took a hike on their paved trail. You can read a bit about that in yesterday’s post.

After my short hike, I ventured inside Lakeside Nature Center where the snakes are safely behind glass.  The boys and I used to visit the center quite a bit when they were young and needed to get out of the house during the long, cold winter days.

I took most my photos from indoors and through the glass windows.

Birds At The Nature Center


They’ve had a pair of eagles on display as long as I can recall. One of the resident eagles unfortunately can not fly. He also did not seem too keen on posing for my camera. The other eagle only has limited flight capabilities. I felt as though I won the lottery when she decided to take a bath while I was watching through the glass.  And leaving the pond area


I’m reading a book about a biologist who adopted a baby barn owl so I really wanted to see their resident barn owl. The book’s called Wesley the Owl, The Remarkable Love Story of an Owl and His Girl by Stacey O’Brien. Very interesting read though there are parts of the book I think only a biologist could enjoy.  I didn’t take pictures of the plaques about every bird on display. Most if not all are residents due to injuries and used now for public education.

American Kestrel!

I should have snapped a picture of the plaque. It said these beautiful birds were now regularly being spotted in the Kansas City area. I’ll be keeping my eyes open. This one seemed to pose for me. Unfortunately, while my model did great, my camera skills didn’t keep up so just one share-worthy photo.

Mississippi Kite!

Another new since I’d been there resident at the nature center. Also, a beautiful bird! ****

Other birds in the nature center included a red-tailed hawk, a turkey vulture, and a peregrine falcon (I wanted to get a shot of the falcon but his display faced the other direction and there were too many reflections to capture him properly).

One interesting note: I kept thinking I saw a dog wandering behind on the trails while photographing the birds and thinking what? It was not a dog. The nature center now has a coyote in residence (and not on the trails though he has plenty of room). Some ….person decided to try to raise a coyote as a pet. Obviously, it didn’t work out for either of them.


I also enjoyed their large outside area of bird-feeders though I didn’t manage to capture a photo while the birds were feasting. Photo from inside. However, I did manage a quick photo of this busy little nuthatch while hiking on the trail.

Other birds spotted this week: Also on the nature trail, plenty of dark-eyed Juncos as well as a red-bellied woodpecker.  Heard but not seen on the trail: a Bluejay.  Heard and spotted at home: more Blue jays, Cardinals, Sparrows, and Snowbirds. Spotted on a wire while driving: a Dove plus several Starlings. Also, noticed a few Geese on a lake plus flying overhead on my way to work. And a few Robins thinking perhaps spring arrived. Sorry, Robins, today’s forecast says not yet.

What birds did you spot this week?

Linking up with Anni over at I’d Rather B Birdin’. Be sure and go check out her beautiful bird photos!

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12 thoughts on “A Visit To Lakeside Nature Center

  1. Betty Crow

    The eagles are impressive. Nice you got to witness the bath. I’m seeing a lot of American Kestrels here in OK. They are always perched on wires watching for prey below. Nice post!

    1. Jean Post author

      Thank you. I was super excited to see the bath although I don’t think the eagle was all that keen about having an audience. Oh, I’ll start watching the wires a bit closer.

    1. Jean Post author

      Thank you! I bet we’d have a great time checking out all the birding hot spots and nature centers in this area 🙂 Hope you have a wonderful week!

  2. Rachel

    Great photos once again! I really enjoy seeing all the different birds; today I especially loved the owl photos! We have a bird sanctuary about 45 minutes from us that rehabilitates birds. I need to plan another visit there with the kids as they really enjoyed it 2 years ago when we went. Have a great week!
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    1. Jean Post author

      Thank you! They actually rehabilitate all wild animals at this center and have lots of other animals (I just focused on the birds). I bet your kids would enjoy that. Hope you have a great week as well.

    1. Jean Post author

      Thank you. I think I always enjoyed visiting these places a bit more than the kids but we are lucky to have such great ones in our area.

  3. Phil

    This is when Nature centres and zoos do so much good work. Rehabilitating injured birds and letting the public see birds which they might not otherwise do. Such a shame there has to be so much glass though.i am sure the birds feel much better outdoors and in a very large caged area.

    1. Jean Post author

      Actually, most the birds were outside. You can view them from inside the nature center but the other sides of their enclosures are outside, just no way to photograph from that angle as the general public (probably, a wise decision) isn’t allowed around or behind the enclosures. The falcon was the only one inside but I do believe they rotate the birds in and out of that exhibit so it would normally have been outside as well.

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