some birds & others

The workshop is proving to be a pretty good blind for photographing the yard birds. and in between the rainy days, I’ve got a few walks in, to check up on spring arrivals.

Even with all the rain, this robin felt the need for a bath – (if you’re in Europe, think thrush. This is Turdus migratorius.)

This resting red-breasted merganser (Mergus serrator) shows the red breast pretty well. there’s been several around lately, chasing the smelt up the river.

Awake from his nap:

Downy woodpecker, (Picoides pubescens)  male. The most common woodpecker around here, smallest too.



Here’s what buffleheads (Bucephala albeola) look like flying away from me:

The common grackle (Quiscalus quiscula)  shows great color this time of year.

This male Northern Cardinal (Cardinalis cardinalis) must have been wet, his crest is smooshed down…makes him look funny.

Across the river, two red-tailed hawks (Buteo jamaicensis) sitting side-by-side. Another indication of spring, it’s a nesting/mating sign.

On our walks recently found a few things:

Turkey vulture, (Cathartes aura) a sign of spring around here

This red-tailed hawk  is particularly tolerant of people. Probably not a good thing, but I often find him/her around the same area, un-skittish.

Out of range of my camera’s lens, but had to snap one of this coyote. They’re around here a lot, but usually out of sight.

I must have been right behind this raccoon, but didn’t see it anywhere.

There was a bunch of deer, (well, not by Minnesota standards) – looking at this it’s no wonder people think reindeer can fly.

Killdeer (Charadrius vociferus) too – looks like he’s herding that Canada goose.




14 thoughts on “some birds & others

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  2. I so look forward to the spring when the bird pics are plentiful! Great shots, Peter. You are a man of many talents.

  3. Great shot of Merganzers!!! Time for a longer lens, Peter. That coyote shot would have been magazine worthy! Lots of red tails here in Westford too, also mating in pairs. The last snow brought a huge flock of redwing blackbirds and the first bluebird pair looking mighty hungry….too early for them here…they hung out all day. I outfitted a new bird feeder to hang tomorrow if it’s not raining.

    Making up a new router stand, restoring an all-maple bookcase, and making a storage toolbox out of my great grandfather’s ship chest with which he came to the US from England. He was a minister like me and a woodworker too! I have a few of his turning calipers. Wish I could make plimouth fest, but alas not this year. Love your new shop…classic! Living the good life…..Mary

  4. Those are some fantastically marvelous photographs. I have grown to appreciate the flora and fauna almost as much as the woodwork. A big “Thank You” from Wisconsin.

  5. What do you mean “it’s no wonder people think reindeer can fly” , of course they can fly, how else do you think myself or my fellow brothers in red bring your presents on Xmas! Santa Paul Londo from Two Rivers Wisconsin

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