Lots of color

Bits and pieces:
** Bernie St. George contributed two colorful pictures taken near Lake Beaureguard in Douglas County, Wis.
First, a hummingbird:

And next, a rose-breasted grosbeak:

** If you’re in Wisconsin on Saturday, and specifically if you’re on Madeline Island, you might want to check out the program being put on by University of Minnesota Raptor Center experts at the Madeline Island Museum. The hourlong program will begin at 11 a.m., with an encore at 2 p.m.
The experts will be accompanied by some of their raptors, which no doubt will steal the show.
Admission to museum grounds for the raptor program is free, they tell us, although regular daily admission fees will apply for museum tours.

** Continuing with the National Wildlife Refuge Systems list of great wildlife refuges for birding, here are two from the Southwest:
* The Aransas National Wildlife Refuge on the Texas coast, where mild winters, bay waters and abundant food bring more than 400 bird species. Look for: whooping cranes — the only wild flock of whooping cranes makes this refuge its winter home. Learn more here:
* Bosque del Apache National Wildlife Refuge in New Mexico. Look for: Sandhill cranes, snow geese and Arctic geese arriving by the tens of thousands in late fall and winter. (This year’s “Festival of the Cranes” is Nov. 19-24.) Learn more here:

More to come …

Your bird photos and stories, from Texas, New Mexico or anywhere, joyously received at: jlundy@duluthnews.com.