Monday, February 17, 2014

Snoozy GHOW

Great horned owl took a break from early egg-tending and mate-tending duties.

Friday, February 7, 2014

American Tree Sparrows

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.

Monday, January 13, 2014

Brown Creepers in January

 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.

Wednesday, January 1, 2014

Broad-winged Hawks

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. 

Monday, November 11, 2013

Fall Day . . .

American Tree Sparrows around, and helping themselves to seeds from various plants yesterday. 

 White-throated Sparrow took a bath!

 Banded Slate-colored Junco.

 This female Northern Cardinal was hatched this year.  Her bill is orange, though many hatch year birds still have a dark bill at this time.  Very possibly she was an early hatch of the year.

Sunday, October 27, 2013

Afternoon in the Life of a Red-tail

 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.

What's Less Than Six Grams and Cuter Than You?

 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.