Wednesday, May 17, 2017

Scarlet Tanager, Olive-sided Flycatcher, Red-breasted Nuthatch

It is hard to ignore a Scarlet Tanager or a photo bombing Nuthatch.  The male is so bright red it almost hurts your eyes. Flycatchers on the other hand are very subtle.   I Love Spring!

Goldfinch and White-throated Sparrows, Gone

A week ago we could not keep seed in our feeder because dozens of Goldfinch emptied it so quickly.  Their songs were so load almost too to have our windows open.  The White-throated Sparrows would eat from the ground but came to the feeder also.  The Red-breasted Nuthatch came and went for four days.  Now they are gone and replaced temporarily by the Warblers.  The finches will be back.                       (photos - May 10th)
                                                                           Goldfinch  immature above

Red-breasted Nuthatch 

Wednesday, May 10, 2017

Black & White Warbler & Red-breasted Nuthatch

Birding the last days is in our backyard as usual. The Yellow-rumped Warblers are still around but were joined by a few Black and White Warblers I got a glimpse of a Bay-breasted and a Magnolia Warbler.   Gunnar saw a Commonthroat yesterday and today.  We are waiting patiently for more Warblers.  They will come.  But The Red-breasted Nuthatch is a delight to have a close for a few days.  It is so delicate in comparison to the White-breasted Nuthatch. 

                                   It is getting harder to see the migrating birds since the                                     Oak catkins and leaves that are so beautifully opening.  

Black and White Warblers are most often seen on the trunks of large trees.  It was a treat seeing it so close in the bird bath.

Red-breasted Nuthatch 

Sunday, May 7, 2017

Backyard Birds Finches and Wrens

Waiting for the Warblers so we are looking at our backyard birds that stay the seasons. The House Wren was checking out our Wren houses a couple of weeks ago.  The Housefinches and Goldfiches were finding food in the Bur Oaks and Elm today as will the Warblers in the next few days. We are so fortunate to live in the Oak trees especially in the spring.  They attract the birds and they are beautiful when leaving out. There is one photo of a Yellow-rumped Warbler.  Seems like there are just a few after having many in the last weeks.

Tuesday, April 18, 2017

Wood Ducks and Woodpeckers in the Hood

Here are a few more glimpses of our backyard and birds of the hood. The Wood Duck's box is in the center tree.  The photo was taken from my bedroom window. The Yellow-bellied Sapsucker was just to the left of the rail in front.  We were surprised to see the Wood Ducks on the ground. You might not see them in this photo but my binoculars and camera did.  We do get a Piliated Woodpecker and a Red-headed Woodpecker but that is rare.  Like our old neighbor Maude said, If it's not heaven, I wish heaven was like this.

Yellow-bellied Sapsucker (above & below)

Red-bellied Woodpecker 

Downy Woodpecker female

Good night, Barred Owl.  Couldn't resist this beautiful bird.

Bald Eagles at Big Island

It is a wonderful to have Bald Eagles on Fountain Lake and Albert Lea Lake.  We are lucky enough to see them fly over our neighborhood.  There are nesting Eagles on both Lakes. The one on Big Island is on the west lake shore of the Island that can be seen from the road.  The adult Bald Eagles were sitting near by and then soaring overhead.  The juvenile Eagles were on the long jet of land near the campsites on the Island.  The young Eagle kited over us for a few minutes,  an exhilarating experience.  Being grateful.