Monday, March 31, 2014

Wednesday, March 26, 2014

Rusty Blackbirds

Rusty Blackbirds migrating through our area on the way to their boreal breeding grounds.  Their numbers have fallen at least 85% in the past four decades and I feel very lucky to see them moving through.

Monday, March 24, 2014

Ducks and a Fisher Cat

While watching some Mallards and a Wood Duck, I saw a Fisher Cat pop out from under the ice for a few moments.  The Fisher dove back under the water and the ducks took off before the Fisher could swim underneath and catch one of them.

Friday, March 21, 2014

Timberdoodle Tracks

Tracks from an American Woodcock in the woods on the side of our house.  The round dots are from where they poke their long beaks into the ground looking for worms and grubs.

Monday, March 17, 2014

Horned Grebe

Horned Grebe transitioning to breeding plumage.

Downy Woodpecker

I'm pretty sure she's trying to tell me that the suet is getting low and it's almost time to refill the feeder.  

Sunday, March 16, 2014

Sunset & Snowy Owls

Shared the sunset with two Snowy Owls in the Arkwright hills this evening.  I managed to get a pretty good photo of one of the owls even though it was taken after sunset and the light was fading fast.  

Northern Cardinal

A female Northern Cardinal sitting on a snow drift in our seemingly never ending winter.

Monday, March 10, 2014

Northward March of the Sun

The sun has finally moved far enough north for me to be able to take a photo of the sunset from our yard once again.

Snow Goose

Snow Goose hanging out with a group of Canada Geese.  This is interesting because there was exactly one Snow Goose hanging out at the same pond last year in late February and early March, but it had some injuries.  I blogged about it (and sent Reiki healing energy to it), and you can see that post (with much better photos) here.  It makes one wonder if it's the same bird!?!

Turkey Vultures

The Turkey Vulture is one of our earliest spring migrants and a sight for sore and winter weary eyes.  They are proof that spring is right around the corner!

Sunday, March 9, 2014

Saturday, March 8, 2014

Waiting for Spring

Large numbers of waterfowl congregate in what little open water they can find during this brutally cold winter.  Pictured here are mainly Canvasbacks and Scaups.

Monday, March 3, 2014

Sunday, March 2, 2014

Rough-legged Hawks

The Rough-Legged Hawk is a winter visitor from the Arctic that will soon be leaving our area to head back to the far north.

The hawks above are light morphs of this species and the one below is a dark morph.

Magnolia Warbler