September 30, 2014

Odds and Ends

Just a few odds and ends pictures from over the last few weeks.  Trees are changing rapidly to fall colors and leaves are falling at a steady pace.  Seems a little earlier this year then in the past  All I know for sure is that I'm not ready for an early winter.

 Northern Cardinal

 Squirrel on a break

 Gray Catbird

 House Finch

 Northern Flicker

Sharing...Goldfinches and Hairy Woodpecker

September 22, 2014

All's Quiet

All in quiet up here in Minnesota.  Fall is slowly making it's appearance.  I'm starting to see some fall birds but not in any numbers.  Ducks haven't moved to the lake yet for all the ponds but that is not to far in the future.

One of the things that I always look for in my birds and critters are that are slightly outside the normal species pattern.  The other day I spotted a squirrel with an unusual hair pattern on the tail.  It consisted of three different color rings/patterns.  I don't quite know what to make of it but it gave me something to do just looking for him/her around the feeders.

Hopefully in the next week or so, I'll be heading up north to Hasty Brook on another building project.  I should only take us about 5 days or so to building a 12' x 20' garage/storage shed.  It's a pretty straight forward, simple carpentry type work.  One new thing for all of us is a metal roof.  Guess, we're never to old to learn something new.

September 15, 2014

Turkey Vulture...Yard Bird #129

I've seen lots of Turkey Vultures up here in Minnesota but yesterday was the first time to have it in the yard.

Not the greatest of pictures.  Was shooting up into a gray sky at sunset.  It took a lot of processing in Photoshop to get them to where they are at now hence the graininess.

September 9, 2014

Blue Jays

I feel sorry for fall Blue Jays when they go through their molt.  These colorful and sometimes royal-pain-in the-butt birds, can really look sorrowful.

One thing I've noticed is that you can tell the young birds (until they go through the first molt) by the black collar around the neck.  A hatch year birds' collar does not meet on the chest yet whereas the adult has a solid collar.

The first two pictures show a young bird and the third one shows an adult.

September 1, 2014

Fall Goldfinches

Over the last couples of weeks, I've started seeing more and more Goldfinches.  After a quiet summer in which I have seen very few (but then all the Blackbirds have now left so they can now get at the feeders), more and more are around the feeders.  It appears that some may be starting to get their winter non-breeding colors.