This fox sparrow looks a tad discombobulated:
The sparrow had good reason to be dazed, writes Guy Sander, who lives on the southwest side of Caribou Lake. It had “notified me that my feeders were empty by crashing into my picture window,” Guy writes.
After some recovery time …
… the fox sparrow rejoined his friends, Guy adds.
Guy had another visit from a member of the sparrow family, an American tree sparrow:
“According to my book, both these species are passing through heading north to their northern breeding grounds,” Guy adds.
In spite of the snowiest April on record, I’m getting several reports about birds being on the move.
Mike McIlvain reports that he heard, and then saw, one of the merlins that nests in the neighbors’ white pine.
Mike also spotted two turkey vultures on the rock ledge above their nesting site, which is south on state Road 194 near the intersection of Canosia Road in an old gravel pit. This is the third year the vulture couple has resided, Guy writes.
He also has seen several osprey in the area, but hasn’t found their nests yet.
Guy writes that spring doesn’t start for him when he sees his first robin. It starts when he first hears a red-winged blackbird singing.
This year, that happened on Saturday.
“Hopefully, the fellow isn’t buried under a ton of snow,” Guy writes.
Terry Hoy reports from Cloquet that a flock of about 20 juncos has been camping out in the bushes for about a week. Here’s his picture:
“I guess it has been too cold for them to keep moving on,” Terry wrote on Monday.
Some birds tell you they’re around even if you can’t see them. Kirstie Zauhar in Superior reports hearing a cardinal in her yard on Saturday morning. Some chickadees joined in the spring concert. (Like juncos, cardinals and chickadees are beautiful in the snow, in my opinion.)
Jeanette Lang reports that the herons are back in their Pine City rookery. They can be seen easily from Interstate 35, she writes.
Here are a couple of pictures taken last Wednesday:
Finally, this is what the Flynn family saw along Beck Road a couple of weeks ago:
Seven-year-old Brayden took this picture. His mom, Jen Flynn, says this is what Brayden wrote about it for school:
“A few days ago we saw this Bald Eagle. And I found out that it was eating a deer carcass. So we quickly turned around. I whipped out the camera and started taking pictures the second I saw the Eagle on the camera. Out of my many pictures, this is my best shot. Anyway, it flew off gracefully toward a Popple Tree. But, then again, we sped off.”
Jen also offered this picture of a small raptor that made quick work of a mourning dove outside of their home.
“It got right to business right there on the patio and left a little pile of feathers. Such a wonder to see!” Jen writes.
She’s not sure what the aggressor bird was. Take a look for yourself:
Today started with Jen’s report about the Bohemian waxwings that met an untimely end on the Minnesota Power Plaza. That created quite a bit of interest, and Sam Cook has gotten to the bottom of it.
His story will be in the Duluth News Tribune tomorrow, and probably on the website, duluthnewstribune.com, before that.
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