Sunday, August 29, 2021
Thursday, August 26, 2021
A small number of the hundreds of photos I took on 8/25/2021 at the water feature of 1410 in the Oakwood neighborhood of Albert Lea, Minnesota.
Tuesday, August 24, 2021
This is my favorite seasonal backyard Warbler. It is beautiful and becoming rarer. 😢Historically they nested in the Appalachians and northern tier states west into Minnesota. Now due to habitat loss and a complicated relationship with its cousin the Blue-winged Warbler, it nests primarily in northern Minnesota.
Amazing 31oz bits of blood, bone, gristle and feather.
Sunday, August 22, 2021
Be well, stay young,
Wednesday, August 18, 2021
It isn't Eden ... yet, but if you shut your eyes real tight you can see it from here.
Tuesday, August 17, 2021
Pardon the lighting. It was bright sunlight and they were in and out of the shadows. I honestly don't know s**t about actual photography and I was struggling. When I do get an occasional decent photo it is mostly due to really basic settings, location and those amazing Japanese photo engineers.
So apologies aside, on to yesterday's pics. Still the usual suspects - I continue to look for Yellow-rumps and Redstarts, and anything more unusual - like Blue-winged and Golden-winged. Golden-winged Warblers are rare anywhere but Minnesota and there numbers are slipping here, so I appreciate my good fortune and try to be more diligent when they do show up. But not yesterday.
Sunday, August 15, 2021
Mid to late afternoon the birds tend to relax and come to the water. First of season Blackburnian Warbler and two or three Yellow Warbler again today. The male hasn't shown in a week. I am really not easily able to tell the difference between females and first year birds, but I am betting these are young ones.
The Blackburian didn't find the water until late in the day. I'll be looking for him again tomorrow afternoon, but probably not three days in a row - he has miles, miles, miles to go before he rests in the South American Andes forests.
Saturday, August 14, 2021
Five Yellow Warblers, a couple of Tennesee Warblers, a Canada Warbler, and a Yellow-throated Vireo.
Actually, the Yellows and Vireos could be local nesting birds, just resting, fueling up, and packing their bags for their long haul south.