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.




August 18, 2014

Fall Youngsters

I like the time of late summer and early fall when you start to see some of this years new offspring.

I still have a couple of young birds I'm attempting to get pictures of ( Blue Jay and Red-bellied Woodpecker) but here is what I've taken so far.


Can't get by without a picture of this years crop of raccoons.


Two young Rose-breasted Grosbeaks (female on left & male on right).


Don't think this is a youngster Downy Woodpecker...feathers are to dirty.


Here's Poppa Goldfinch with a mouth full of seeds.


And here id the youngster (2nd hatch?) waiting to be fed.

August 11, 2014

Little Bandits

Another quiet week in the boonies.  Finally got some much needed rain yesterday (half inch) but could use a lot more.

Mommy raccoon finally brought the little (?) ones to eat at night.  I'm sure she has done that before but this is the first time I've seen them.  With the outside lights on, the flash wouldn't work.  So here are the best of a lot of shots.