Merry Christmas!

Hope all are inside, warm and spending time with loved ones.

Also hope all get a chance to get out and enjoy the Kansas outdoors this weekend and coming week.

No shortage of geese around south-central Kansas and pheasants further west. Eagle watching could be productive up and down the Arkansas Rivers down to the Oklahoma border.

The huge numbers of bald eagles at the Quivira National Wildlife Refuge are gone but there are still 40-100 of the big birds around.

Take binoculars and/or a spotting scope and check the trees across the Big Salt Marsh. That’s where the birds had concentrated to feed on fish killed by the summer and early fall drought. You may see them anywhere on or near the refuge, though. We saw several a few miles south and east of Quivira this week.

The marsh now has near-normal water/ice levels thanks to a mid-November rain.

Enjoy your days outdoors while you can. It looks like we may be getting a touch or real winter weather by the end of next week.