Osprey Nest

I took this a few weeks ago. We saw the nest while biking through a trail through what used to be an ammunition plant. It’s right by where they’re planning on building the new Vikings stadium, thereby destroying all the nature bits.

The area is all sealed off and I’m not really into [...]

Blackbird

While taking the swan pics I posted earlier (as in, 30 seconds ago) I got this nice shot of lens flare a red-winged blackbird, which is one of my favourite birds.

Swan Song

I’ve been seeing these swans around here for a while now. Never when I have the camera, naturally. One time I rushed home and got the camera but by the time I got back, they were gone. Apparently they can fly away or something. I was starting to think that maybe I was imagining them.

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Woodpecker on Pole

I love Pleated Woodpeckers. I want them to come over and let me pat them.

Kestrel

Not fantastic pics, but I’ve never seen a kestrel in the wild before.

Or maybe I have, they’re kind of tiny. I actually thought this might be a baby red-tail hawk till I looked at the pictures at home.

Another one in the Couldn’t Decide Which I Like Better So I’m Posting Both series. [...]

Common Grackle

I had a flock of about a hundred of these marauding around the yard a few weeks back. They came back this weekend and I managed to get a nice shot of one of them.

Golden Finch on a Thistle

Dinner Time

Sandhill Crane

I noticed a couple of these just walking around the neighbourhood for the past few weeks. Yesterday I noticed one of them while we were driving home, so I grabbed the camera and got on my bike and tracked it down.

Raptor Center

We visited the University of Minnesota Raptor Center today. The raptor center is a combination vet/education center for and about raptors. They take in wounded raptors form all over the country and do their best to heal them, and then release them back into the wild.

Some birds, while healed, can’t be released back into [...]