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05
May
12

owl update

The owlet appears to be going through a major growth spurt – compare last weeks photo (April 25) versus this most recent one taken last Thursday evening (May 3).  Its fledgling flights also appear to be more extended as it moves among the tree tops in the Como Park area.  I’ve yet to see much interaction between the female and the owlet as far as feeding – perhaps that’s more of a nighttime activity.

28
Apr
12

Hoooos there?

I continue to be amazed at the diversity of wildlife that seems to be “reclaiming” its habitat in the Como Lake area.  A large part of that is due to the efforts of volunteers and organizations working to restore habitat in this area. Thursday morning another Como Lake walker alerted me to a family of Great Horned owls in the neighborhood.  That evening our family spotted an adult and an owlet just before dark.  The following day, in the same vicinity, I spotted an adult but was unable to spot the owlet.  As well, I examined the remnants nearby of a crow that I’m assuming was one of the owls’ latest meals.

 

21
Apr
12

Cooper’s Hawk and Flicker

A couple of days ago while walking the dog I stopped in an open area of Como Park to take a picture of a Flicker that was on the ground. As I was photographing, the bird rolled on its side and before I could think of a reason for such odd behavior, my viewfinder was filled with the explosion of a life and death struggle.  I now realize the Flicker was trying to make itself small so as to be less of a target for what followed – its demise from a strike of the talons of a Cooper’s Hawk.

 

 

 

18
Apr
12

Neighbors

A few shots of friends from the neighborhood as well as a neighbor (Bald Eagle) from across the river in Minneapolis.  As amazing as it is to see the bird living in the city, equally amazing to me is the size of some of the “timber” the birds lifted into place to construct their home.

 

 

 

03
Apr
12

Simplicity…

30
Mar
12

A fortunate composition?

Sometimes it’s difficult to explain the appeal for a certain image.  Do I like this one because it’s what Joseph Campbell would call a “fortunate composition”, that is, being in the right place at the right time when everything seems to be working together in a harmonious way you can’t explain or take credit for.  Or is it that the memory of that pre-dawn morning comes back so totally and alive, as if I were there again that makes this one of my favorites.

23
Mar
12

A spring welcome!

A couple of images from a woodland garden in Arkansas where our family recently went for spring break…

11
Mar
12

Here’s looking at you (sort of)…

07
Mar
12

Consider the common sparrow…

Even in the ordinary we can still witness the extraordinary –


29
Feb
12

happy leap day!

23
Feb
12

I’m back…

I’m somewhat embarrassed to see that I haven’t posted in so long.  I want to be more regular in the months ahead with postings and, as always, would appreciate the same from those reading the blog and visiting the website.  The statistics tell me that on average 10 people a day are visiting the website and about 4 people a day are visiting the blog.  I’d love to hear what’s on your mind!

In the meantime, here’s a new image to put us in the mood for spring – it was taken last summer in Lanesboro in southeastern Minnesota.

14
Jun
11

Oriole update and other bird shots…

The mother oriole has been busy the last few days as is evident from her tireless and repeated flights back and forth with food.  I’m not sure how soon they will be big enough to start their maiden flights but I hope to be there when they do.  I’ve included a few other shots from a recent trip to NE Wisconsin as well as a heron in flight from Lake Como.

 

 

 

 

 

19
May
11

In the last two weeks there have been a lot of birds passing through, as well as new birds taking up residence.  The most colorful is the Baltimore Oriole building its nest on the shore of Lake Como.  The shots of the warblers in flight aren’t the sharpest (I’m hand holding the camera and panning while trying to focus manually) but I feel the wonder and grace of their flight still comes through.

03
May
11

A few more birds…

I continue to take the camera along on morning walks with the dog and continue to be amazed at what shows up in the neighborhood.  The heron and white-throated sparrow are from around Lake Como – the Blue-gray gnatcatcher is from a trip with a friend to the Minnesota River bottoms.

25
Apr
11

St. Paul Conservatory – a couple of favorites

Last week I stopped in at the conservatory at Como Park to check out the spring flower show – here are a couple I liked…

19
Apr
11

this weather is for the birds…

Literally.  We’re all anxiously waiting for green to show up.  Regardless of the late arrival of spring and all appearances of it, the birds still make their welcome presence be known both in song and bright plumage.  With brown and white still dominating the landscape, they provide a colorful break.  Following are some of the birds I’ve encountered this spring and  in the days to come I’ll be publishing a new page on the website devoted to birds.