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A few weeks ago this House Wren started building a nest in this bird house. It seemed to have abandoned it because this was the last time I saw it on the bird house.


Dandelions at Hoffman Hills Recreation Area


While photographing at Gilbert Creek Wildlife area I encountered a large number of Barn Swallows. There was also a mature Bald Eagle sitting in a tree.


The ferns are unfolding on the farm.

On a recent visit to Crex Meadows Wildlife Area we were fortunate to see a number of cygnets with their parents.


The Downy Yellow Violets are now blooming on the farm.

Downy Yellow Violet

I can’t resist taking photos of Dandelions.



Late spring is not a great time to photograph wildlife at Gilbert Creek. On our last trip we managed to flush a Bald Eagle who was in a tree above the road. When it left it was being chased by a blackbird. There were also a few horses in a pasture.


This is the first time that I have captured Coyote pups on my trail cam. There appeared to be five of them and the were around for a couple of days.

I am also starting to see quite a few White-tailed Deer bucks. Most of them just have nubs sticking up but this one has the start of a nice rack.

There was also one Wild Turkey that turned up.



While I was looking for backlit leaves to photograph I noticed the sunlight shining through the park pealing from some birch trees.