A new life reclaiming an old one. There are lots of snags with many cavities in the woods.
Tuesday, August 26, 2008
Sunday, August 24, 2008
Fuzzy, but a different view.
Even putting aside the confusion of non-breeding plumages, I'm not sure that I can always tell that a bird is a young one. Does anyone have any general tips for aging birds?
Wednesday, August 20, 2008
Tuesday, August 19, 2008
Friday, August 15, 2008
This photo is begging for a caption don't you think? I can't tell if she's yawning or smacking her lips! Maybe she's blowing a kiss. Sneezing? Her eyes are closed!
She's rested long enough- BYE!!
Let's hear some caption suggestions! Sorry, no material or monetary prizes will be rewarded.
Tuesday, August 12, 2008
Another view showing the wing bars. The eye rings give this little bird such a curious expression. I tried my mad pishing skilz again on this common yellowthroat but was not so successful as last time. This bird was a treat to watch. He was in a clump of ferns and tall grass nearby. I could see the grass wiggling as he hopped about down low, then he would pop up, grab an insect, and drop back down into the grass.
Serviceberries were ripe last weekend and flocks of cedar waxwings were gorging themselves on the fruit. We could hear the waxwings before we could see them. They would zip in and land at the tops of the birches, look about, then float down to brush level to eat the berries.
Roes-breasted grosbeaks gave them some competition for the berries. Both bird species had an awkward time of it when trying to get at the fruit at the tips of the branches. The birds' weight would pull the branch down and then bounce back up when released.
There were plenty of purple finches at the feeders. Check out this poor dude! He looked so tatty- he reminded me of "Baldy" our bald cardinal in the yard back home. Baldy gets a bad case of bird mites every summer and gets to looking pretty scary.
Monday, August 11, 2008
The rest of these pictures were taken through the window screens and are quite fuzzy.
They seemed to enjoy the seed mix- especially the peanuts. They stayed in the clearing for about an hour and a half scratching at the ground, eating seeds and grasshoppers. They also ate some unknown red berries and drank from the dog bowl. I didn't see them again over the rest of the weekend but I'll be watching for them.
Wednesday, August 06, 2008
He seemed quite pleased with his beautiful self and sang for all the world to enjoy.
Friday, August 01, 2008
Check out her slender pointed bill.
Soon there was a mob of siskins. Mike said that if there is an abundant food supply for them they will breed in northern Minnesota. According to Sibley they will feed "on buds and seeds of birches, alders, pines, and other trees. Also takes small insects." My new Smithsonian Field Guide to the Birds of North America states: "Flocks devour thistle seeds at feeders." They emptied half of this feeder in an afternoon!
The males seemed particularly feisty, jostling for position on the feeder.
The birds are a bit blurry but I liked the shadow on the sock
There is more yellow on these birds than I thought.
More siskins in motion.