January 26, 2015

Northern Goshawk (Immature)...Lifer

Really not a whole lot going on here in south central Minnesota.  I'm just cruising along in the annual winter doldrums.  Must say that the last week or so has been rather pleasant with the temps in the 30's but know that won't last.

Was looking out the garage door on one of my many breaks and spotted a rabbit running across the yard in flat out maximum speed heading for the nearest bushes.  Close behind was a large bird which settled in a tree over where the rabbit had taken refuse.

I managed about four pictures before the bird decided to leave.  The pictures are pretty long range on a semi-foggy morning, so they are a little on the fuzzy side but alright for record purposes.

With help from my mentor (HAP in New Hope) after I missed IDing the bird, it turned out to be an immature Northern Goshawk....Lifer #143 and Yard Bird #130.

December 8, 2014

Time of the Year

Winter...it's that time of year where everything slows down.  It's that time of year where you wonder it you will ever see color again as you look out the window where everything is in shades of white and gray with a little brown thrown in.

It's also that time of year where you eat to much and don't get enough exercise and can't figure out why your clothes are getting a little more snug then usual.

It's also that time of year where you look around and wonder where the last year went.  Since I'm now in the older generation, I just wish time would go a little slower.  Yes, time does go faster as you get older....just ask anyone of the age of 65.  It's also that time were you look back and can't figure out why you didn't get more accomplished in the last year.

I've also just about quit watching any news programs.  I'm tired of watching all the violence and race baiting going on my the likes of Al Sharpton, Jesse Jackson, Eric Holter, and even the President.  I'm not saying that we don't have problems in this country because we do but I'm tired of how suddenly good is bad and bad is good.  How did law breakers suddenly become role models?  How did truth suddenly become a lie if it doesn't fit what we think the truth is?

And last, why have we suddenly let a small minority of 3 to 5%  dictate how the rest of us should live our lives and what we are to believe?  I can honestly say that I am not a bigot, racist, homophobe, or
any other name that seems to pop into the mouths of people today.  I just have a different worldview then they do based on what I have experienced in life.  If we disagree with each other on a given subject, that's O.K. If  we were to take the time to find out about the other person, we will probably find out that we probably agree on more things then disagree.

I'm do not try to force my view of things on other people.  If someone tries that on me, I normally just walk away (or turn off the computer) because I know that no matter what I say, they will not hear it or will try to change what I say around to make themselves look good and me to look bad.  That's probably why I seldom comment on other peoples blogs.

OK...that's my year end mini rant.  Heading south into Iowa in the next week or so for Christmas with the family.  Maybe I'll see you next year or maybe I won't.  Just getting tired of blogging.

Only bird pictures I have are two of Junco's (male and female) and a blue Jay.

December 1, 2014

Northern Shrike

It's been quite some time since I have been able to post pictures of a new Lifer and Yard Bird.

So here's some pictures of a Loggerhead Shrike...Lifer # 143 and Yard Bird #130.

Let's start over on  this bird.  I had the wrong ID on the picture.

These are pictures of a Northern Shrike.  I had previously taken a single (and really bad picture) of this bird then up north at Hasty Brook, so these pictures add some positive pictures to the old album.

The reason I'm calling it a Northern instead of a Loggerhead Shrike is based on the face mask.  This bird has a narrow mask (black) behind the eye whereas the Loggerhead has a wide mask.

So my Lifer count backs up by one bird but the Yard Bird count goes up to #130.

November 24, 2014

Pileated Woodpecker

So far this year I have only noticed a male Pileated Woodpecker around.

November 17, 2014

A Slow Week

It's been kind of a slow week after the last snowfall.  Even with it slow, I think I have managed to have to go someplace 4 of the 5 days..vet on two days, haircut, snow blower in for repairs and bird food, and library.

Not much in the way of pictures.  I just emptied out the camera and you get what I have.  Actually have enough for two posts.

Male and female Purple Finch on their way south for the winter.

Crows at the feeder during the snow storm.

Crow after the snow.  They sure keep the feeder cleaned up of whatever the little birds don't eat.

Downy Woodpecker waiting his turn at the feeder.

Yellow shafted Northern Flicker.  Manage to get at least one to winter over.