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

Tuesday, September 9, 2014

Parasitic Jaegers

Was able to see a parasitic jaeger chase a gull who clearly had a full crop.  This particular bird (and outing) was half-hearted in the attempts to make the gull regurgitate its meal.  The jaeger did twist and turn in flight to get above the gull, then broke off its flight.  What a falcon-like flight!

Wednesday, September 3, 2014

Warbler migration is on!

Chestnut-sided warbler
Warblers are migrating!  After a morning of very little, several species were represented in their confusing fall plumages!
Magnolia warbler

Mourning warbler

Nashville warbler

Red-eyed vireo

Tennessee warbler