Satellite Sapsucker

Here’s a TV-reception problem the satellite company might not be able to fix:

Jerry Mc Kenna, who lives on Lake Beauty in Todd County, reports this yellow-bellied sapsucker has been pecking on their satellite dish.
“Very noisy and makes the reception go haywire when he does it,” Jerry writes. “Luckily, we don’t watch much TV until dark.”

Birds demonstrate all sorts of interesting behavior.
Greg Beck took this picture last week of a partridge below the feeder at his house north of the French River:

The partridge was displaying when mallards came too close, Greg writes. The mallards “wanted no part of that and flew away.”
Earlier, on April 30, he caught these pictures, first of a pied-billed grebe …

… and next of an otter …

… on the shore and in Lake Superior, both between the French and Talmadge rivers.
And this goes back to March, an owl on Greg’s ski trail:

Here’s a hint for you when you head out to Chambers Grove park on the St. Louis River in the Fond du Lac neighborhood to take pictures of white pelicans: Make sure the batteries in your camera aren’t dead.
My friend Dan told me he had seen about 200 white pelicans there on Saturday. There weren’t quite that many on Monday, but I counted 75 and missed a couple of groups. There had to have been at least a hundred, and you get really good views of these majestic but odd birds at the far end of the boardwalk and from the trail in the woods beyond.
One of the pelicans soared slowly through the air just in front of me. Even I could have gotten a good picture, I think.
What struck me is how silent pelicans are. Imagine the clamor if it had been 100 Canada geese.
Highlights of my earlier walk on the Western Waterfront Trail — during the only time of the day when it was raining — were a brown thrasher and a spotted sandpiper.

Your bird news fervently welcomed at: jlundy@duluthnews.com.

2 thoughts on “Satellite Sapsucker

  1. Nice photos. I’ve never gotten that close to either a partridge or a pied-billed grebe in MN. So, my photos suffer because the bird occupies only a small part of the sensor.

  2. It’s become a terrible habit of Northlanders to call Ruffed Grouse a Partridge. It’s not a partridge at all. Ruffed Grouse are natives to North America, Partridge come from Asia, Europe, Middle East and Africa. I think it’s even more important to correct this mistake on a “birding” blog!
    Thank You!

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