Sometimes writing this blog makes me feel like Charlie Brown. I’m thinking of the comic strip in which the Peanuts kids are looking up at the clouds and Linus sees all kinds of esoteric images, such as the stoning of Stephen. When Lucy asks Charlie Brown what he sees, Charlie says: “Well, I was going to say I saw a duckie and a horsey, but I changed my mind.”
And I was all pumped up to tell you about the black-throated green warbler — or maybe it was a Townsend’s warbler or a golden-cheeked warbler — I saw on a hike to Mount Trudee yesterday, and the ovenbird I think I might have heard. Mind you, I didn’t get any pictures. I merely saw the one bird fairly clearly through my binoculars and heard the other bird, but wasn’t sure if I identified it correctly.
I thought I had done well — until I came in this morning and found a flock of amazing bird pictures from Kurt Kuehn and Tony Mitchell.
First, pictures Kurt took on Sunday at the family cabin in Alden Township. You’ll see beautiful shots of some familiar birds: rose-breasted grosbeak, purple finch, white-breasted nuthatch, chipping sparrow … but what is that bird in the fourth picture? Any ideas, anyone?
Tony did his birding over the past couple of Sundays on Park Point, and discovered a bird bonanza. It’s proof that if you live in Duluth you don’t have to go far to see a great variety of birds, at least at this time of the year. Without further delay, here’s what Tony came up with:
Tony’s pictures from top: a flock of Bonaparte gulls (Tony saw the 200), a great blue heron, a magnolia warbler, a Nashville warbler, a northern flicker, a northern parula, an orange-crowned warbler, a pair of red-breasted mergansers, a yellow warbler singing its heart out and a bonus picture of a yellow warbler. That first yellow warbler picture might be the photo of the year, from my perspective. I wish I could fill your computer screen with it.
Tony saw something else on Park Point, but I think you might just want to enjoy all of these images for now. So I’ll save three more pictures from Tony for the next blog.
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