Warblers are starting to come to Minnesota! Our yellow-rumped warblers (Myrtle), also called "butter-butts" are some of the first. We banded several at Springbrook a week ago. The first four are an adult male; the last is a female.
Monday, April 30, 2012
Wednesday, April 25, 2012
I'd better boogie to keep up with posting. Banding season is in full force, and I'll have tons of goodies to post soon.
Lots of questions as to how birds will react to warmer temps this year. Amount of daylight is the same, but the fact that plant/bug resources are flourishing now might make some decide to take advantage of food for young.
These Cedar Waxwings are exhibiting a courtship (basically trading a small item - stem?) that seems a little early to me, but we'll see what happens as records come in for timing of young.
Monday, April 23, 2012
I know these are not birds, but kinda cool all the same. Got the great opportunity to watch two kits and one adult for a couple of weekends. Amazing how many animals can "make their living" in a metro area, and stay so secretive.
Thursday, April 19, 2012
Monday, April 16, 2012
Thursday, April 12, 2012
Butter butts, aka yellow-rumped warblers, aka Myrtle warblers. When they come, you know you've ben invaded. Funny thing about this year; they are all in the trees, since there are leaves and no need to hang out on the ground for your protein packed goodies. This bird made me laugh; all I saw for the first few minutes was the bird's butt - easy to see how it got it's name! And generally the only part of their anatomy that warblers like to show you anyway - undercarriage and back end. They are usually so high up that's it.
Monday, April 9, 2012
Female (first two pics) and male Eastern bluebirds are always a great spot of color on a usually drab brown/tan landscape of little new growth. This year these little gems could find plenty of bugs eating on the fresh buds on trees!
Northern Flickers spend a lot of their time finding their protein in the ground, under leaves, and in the dirt. was nice to see one posing so beautifully in this tree. This female does not have the red mallor "mustache" of the males.
Stay tuned! Brown Creepers, Yellow-rumps and more to come!