Wednesday, September 23, 2015

Bluebird morning

I suspected the bluebirds I saw earlier were locals, so I have kept an eye open at the same location.  I spotted one of the bluebirds this morning sitting on a fence and looking for lunch.  Under this morning's clouds I needed to get closer for a good shot.  I snuck up and I got a number of pics in before he dove to the ground, grabbed a worm, and flew off.

Tuesday, September 22, 2015

Long tale, short tale, no tail

I saw lots of small birds today driving home.  Seemed to all be white-throated sparrows and yellow-rumped warblers. Found a few flowers still blooming this third week of September.  Oh, and squirrel with no tail!

White-throated sparrow


Butter and Eggs
 No tail squirrel

Thursday, September 17, 2015

The Bluebird Fiasco

First Bluebird I have seen in Minnesota!  I was driving on Howard Gnesen past the cemetery this late afternoon and notice something different about the two birds sitting on the fence.  I turned around and upon re-approach they flitted into the cemetery flashing their colors.  Bluebirds?!  I scrambled for my camera which had on the wrong lens.  I swapped lenses and pulled up to shoot...NO CARD! I left it in my computer!  I fumbled around for the backup card in my camera bag, slide it in, and get a few quick shots before they take off over the headstones.  Then I notice my ISO is set at a grainy 3200 from my previous shoot.  Not on my game today, but I still got the pics.

Eastern bluebird, feathers ruffled in the wind.

Wednesday, September 9, 2015

Fall migrations have started

A little variety for my drive to work today.  A Broad-winged hawk in Duluth near Homecroft School.