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.