Monday, November 10, 2014

SD Raptors

What a small perch!  You can see the "pants" -
feathers on the legs.
The rough-legged hawks were in town in SD.  Also saw red-tailed hawks and great horned owls.

Dark rough-legged!

You can see the "pants" here, too!

This red-tailed hawk just had lunch - look at the crop!

Great horned being 007.

Northern Harrier Hunting

 What a recent treat on trip to SD.  Got to watch a male northern harrier hunt! 
The bird did not know I was there - about a quarter mile away.
Got to watch it stretch!

Thought the bird was going to fly off - still just stretching!

The gig might be up - how on earth do they hear you that far away?

Must hear a mouse . . .see the feet come down?

Thought the bird was getting ready to pounce . . .

Look at the start of that wing-over!

Heading down!

Look how the wings tip up as the bird gets into the tall grass.

You can see how tall that grass is.

Getting back up - see how the body is almost straight up.

Again - the bird hardly needed an incline to get height.

This is how well the bird blends in.  This is with a zoom.

This is the landscape without a zoom.

Friday, October 17, 2014

This is Fall, Right?

 What an amazing couple of days!  Of course it is fall with the leaves turning - color has been fantastic. 

Eastern bluebirds moving through in larger numbers.

 Brown creepers have zygodactyl feet (two toes facing in front, toe facing back) and look at how this bird uses its tail to keep its balance while it probes for bugs on the underside of the branch.

Friday, September 26, 2014

Lark Buntings

Adult male feeding young
Found more than the usual share of  lark buntings on recent trip to SD. 
Adult birds - and what looks to be a
brown-headed cowbird that they raised!

Lark bunting - even adult males will molt into
winter plumage that looks like this

Adult male molting


South Dakota great horned owl - pretty hidden!

Rotten Red-wings

Red-winged blackbird decided to chase a red-tailed hawk . . . .

Recent Duluth Birds

American golden plover
Some pretty terrific birding anywhere lately - but Duluth has more than its share.  Did some field trips last weekend. 
Black-throated green warbler

Young cedar waxwing

Chestnut-sided warbler

Least flycatcher



Tennessee warbler

Young bald eagle

Common yellow-throat
American redstart

Adult bald eagle

Western palm warbler


Herring gull