Winter is fairly bleak here in MN. However, we do have a few migrants here these cold months worth taking note. American Tree Sparrows are a favorite of mine. In the second photo, you can see that spot on the chest and the bi-colored bill well.
Though it was a balmy 40 degrees yesterday in the Twin Cities, it is still hard to believe that something so tiny and seemingly fragile as a Brown Creeper can survive. Several were actually around - and singing - at a local park. You can see the zygodactyl toe arrangement in the third and fourth photos. The very last one shows just how difficult it is to spot these expertly camouflaged little birds.
I haven't posted for a bit. Not much going on bird-wise other than at feeders. Found these two photos of after hatch year (first photo), and hatch year, broad-winged hawks. I released both of these rehabbed birds this past year. The plumage difference is pretty distinct.
Found a young local red-tailed hawk. In the span of about 30 minutes, he hunted (unsuccessfully) on the ground; flew up to a tree when a dog went by; scratched an itch; groomed; hung out; and decided the pine tree was better to sit in than the one he started with.
The title of the post isn't a slight to anyone. It's just tough to find something with the cute factor this high. And are they fast! Those Ruby-crowned kinglets were pretty busy in the pine tree yesterday. You can see the ruby crown in the third photo.