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Monthly Archives: March 2019

With the warmer weather I’ve started to see Wild Turkeys wandering around the farm. These were a group of 12 that I noticed walking along the edge of the woods. They are easily spooked, even when I’m in the house, so I felt lucky to get some photos.

 

Within a couple of days of the arrival of spring all of the Dark-eyed Juncos seem to have dissapeared from my feeders. I suspect I will see a few migrating through but for now the all seem to be gone.

 

Dark-eyed Junco

With the heavy snows in February and early March the deer have had a difficult time finding food. With the arrival of spring a few bare spots have appeared along the driveway exposing the grass in the yard. I’ve had a deer feeding on it the last few days.

 

My wife and I drove around Crex Meadows on the last day of winter. We managed to see over a dozen Bald Eagles during our two hours in the Meadows. The first photo shows a pair of Eagles sitting by their nest of Phantom Lake Road.

There were lots of Trumpeter Swans around staking out their territory for the summer breeding season.

We saw quite a few Rough-legged Hawks flying around but they were not interested in posing for the camera.

This is the first Racoon that I’ve seen at Crex Meadows.

We also saw a White-tailed Deer.

A few recent shots of Downy Woodpeckers.

 

With record snowfall in February it has been difficult to get the Red Cedar Trail groomed for skiing. It has also been very cold out. Yesterday was a beautiful sunny day with temperatures above zero so we drove down to the trail for some cross country skiing. It was the best day of skiing we have had this year. The trail had just been groomed and the skiing was excellent.

 

I was photographing a Northern Flicker when a Red-bellied Woodpecker turned up. It wasn’t long before a fight ensued. The flicker lost and soon left the feeder.

 

 

One of my favorite subjects on the farm is my Sumac Patch. This is the first time since last fall that I’ve photographed in the patch.

 

I’ve had a Pileated Woodpecker around for some time but it is just luck that I happen to be photographing when it shows up at the feeder. It is very skittish and takes off at the slightest movement. A couple of times I’ve seen it in the woods looking at the feeder but it seems to notice me in the window and never shows up.

During a recent snowstorm I had quite a few House Sparrows turn up at my feeder. Generally they feed at the neighbors farm but I suspect that pickings are slim with all the snow we’ve had.