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  The Hay has been Baled
by Bwana_Brown

You will see many open fields in the gently rolling hills of eastern Kansas. It was not difficult to tell that farming plays a big part in the state's economy as I drove past field after field of either beef or dairy cattle. Most of the crops had been harvested by mid-November but there were a few stands of corn that had just been left.

The countryside reminded me a bit of Alberta, with the many large rolls of baled hay and very large fields, occasionally dotted with old farm buildings and edged with trees. This scene was in the far southeast of the state, not far from 'Big Brutus'.

Although I did not see any wild mammals, except for a few road-kill White-Tailed Deer and Raccoons, I did see quite a number of raptors perched on power lines or soaring over the fields. The most common was the medium-sized Red-Tailed Hawk with a wingspan of up to 2-feet. They are very sturdily built and usually seek out rodents, rabbits and sometimes other small birds. I also saw only a couple of Northern Harriers, a more slimly built hawk that characteristically glides low over the fields looking for possible snacks!

Directions: Off Highway 102, near West Mineral

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  • Updated Mar 23, 2007
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