Sunday, January 11, 2015

Pileated Woodpecker

This female Pileated Woodpecker visited a suet feeder near a nature center today.  About 14 degrees above zero!

Monday, December 22, 2014

Birds on Christmas Bird Count

Had 5 Rough-legged hawks on the Christmas bird count that I was a part of this past weekend. 

The first four shots are of same bird - perched, then took off as crow harassed it. 

Next three are of a different individual.

Then finally a bald eagle that was harassed - again by crows.

Sunday, December 14, 2014

Northern Saw-whet Owl

Released a rehabbed Northern saw-whet owl not long ago.  I chose a spot that would give him an opportunity to hunt successfully until he decided his next move. Close to a little bit of water, which was still running and therefore had mice and birds that would come down, and and lots of cover!

Sax Zim Bog, December 2014

Common redpoll
 Visited the Sax Zim bog with friends over the weekend.  Saw lots of the usual suspects there. 

Gray jay

Pine siskin

Black-capped chickadee

Purple finch
Great gray owl

Snowy Owl on Church

This female snowy owl perched on the cross on a church in WI.  Can't tell you how many people walked in and out of the church while I was there and didn;t look up once.

Common Eider, Duluth MN

Was with some friends this past weekend in Duluth, and able to re-locate this female Common Eider.  She was hanging out with some mallards - see the middle pic.  What a beauty!

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.