Tuesday, March 31, 2009
Monday, March 16, 2009
They swarmed the thistle feeders as soon as they were filled but there were at times at least 100 of them feeding on the ground. They seemed to especially like the oilers that were being uncovered as the snow melted. I wonder if the shells might have been softened, making them easier to open.
It was a terrific day of birding. Here's the trip list:
Thursday, March 12, 2009
Wednesday, March 11, 2009
Tuesday, March 10, 2009
Monday, March 09, 2009
One bird that Deb an I REALLY wanted to see was the Boreal Chickadee. Last year at the festival I heard them and caught a quick glimpse but I wanted a good look to make it a lifer. Well, this year was the charm. Several times during Saturday's field trip we were told that the chances of a Boreal Chickadee were a sure thing. No Boreals. Finally at the last feeding station stop on Admiral Road, just a few moments after the trip leaders said it was time to move on, someone called out "Boreal Chickadee coming in." In he flew! It zoomed in and flew right into the deer rib-cage. I got many pictures of the chickadee butt barely sticking out of the bottom of the ribs. At one point it flew to a branch just a couple of feet from me. It was too close for my lens so all I could do was watch it with a happy grin!
Thursday, March 05, 2009
I think this is Angel. This eagle was very animated and was watching the eagles flying over the Mississippi River with great focus.
Wednesday, March 04, 2009
Monday, March 02, 2009
Gray Jays are notoriously fearless around people, looking for tasty hand-outs and I've heard that with a little patience they can be hand fed.
They chatter with happy, cheerful voices