"In the night...the scream of the rabbit is terrible. But the scream of the owl which is not of pain and hopelessness and fear of being plucked out the world, but of the sheer rollicking glory of the death-bringer, is more terrible still. When I hear it resounding through the woods, and then the five black pellets of its song dropping like stones into the air, I know I am standing on the edge of the mystery, in which terror is naturally and abundantly part of life, part of even the most becalmed, intelligent, sunny life--as for example, my own. The world where the owl is endlessly hungry and endlessly on the hunt is the world in which I live, too. There is only one world."
Mary Oliver, Blue Pastures

Thursday, August 31, 2017

Oakwood Creek Group Shots

Birds of a feather?  Birds of different feathers?  Anyway, there were a lot of birds of various species.


Eat your heart out. ;-)    - Gunnar Beer... er, Berg

Wednesday, August 30, 2017

Tuesday, August 29, 2017

Golden-winged Warbler (etc)

6 bonus points for anyone (not including Prappas.) who can I.D. the Blackpoll. Or three of three in the last pic. 😊

Black-throated Green Warbler
- Gunnar B.

Sunday, August 27, 2017


It was another good day in the Growlery Garden watching Warblers picking bugs and splashing in Oakwood Creek. I got a passel of pitchers of various species. Lorna was on a boat on Minnetonka, a day or two in the Big City with her sisters and friends, so I am going to just post Redstarts, the way she would have.

The males (with the orange tint) are not quite as flashy as in their Spring breeding plumage, but they are still gorgeous creatures, as are the females, the ones Lorna calls "Yellowstarts".  They are both proud of their tails aren't they?

These are for her, the photos she would have taken had she been here. - Gunnar B.

Friday, August 25, 2017

Oakwood 8/25/2017 Fall Warblers

Pictures taken from the Growlery bench this afternoon from about 3:00 until dusk. Warblers except for a Least Flycatcher, one very wet Chickadee, and a Goldfinch in the group bath. This started out with A LOT of photographs. I think I have sorted them all out, probably missed a couple of species, but I am just going to just dump them here and let you I.D. them if you want to.

Tired of sorting and editing, -Gunnar