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Category Archives: Bird Photography

This past week the Baltimore Orioles have returned in large numbers. They usually hang around the feeders for a few weeks until they start raising their young. Once the young are out of the nest they will return to the feeders.

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On our way back from town last week we noticed a Bald Eagle sitting near the road. We were able to get quite close to it and it never moved.

These characters have recently shown up at my feeders.

Dark-eyed Junco

American Goldfinch

American Red Squirrel

Pileated Woodpecker

On our recent visits to Crex Meadows we have seen quite a few Sandhill Cranes.

 

On our recent visits to Crex Meadows we have seen quite a few Canada Geese.

 

We have seen quite a few Bald Eagles at Crex Meadows.

 

On a short hike on the Red Cedar State Trail we noticed some Cedar Waxwings feeding. I didn’t have my camera along so I walked back to the car and got it. They are a beautiful bird.

 

 

 

On our recent visits to Crex Meadows we have seen quite a few Trumpeter Swans.

 

This past weekend after the Sandhill Crane Count we drove out to Hoffman Hills to look around. Not a lot happening. We did notice that the Tree Swallows have returned. We photographed this pair near a bird house.

There were some nice reflection shots in the two ponds.

This past weekend was the Annual Midwest Crane Count for my area. It was originally scheduled for April 13th but was postponed one week because of a blizzard. Probably a good thing it was because there were not many birds around the day after the blizzard. When we headed out early in the morning we were greeted with a full moon. Our counting area was Gilbert Creek Fishery and Wildlife Area about seven miles west of Menomonie, Wisconsin.

 


The goal was to count Sandhill Cranes. We saw four cranes and heard another pair calling. This tied for the most cranes we have counted during the crane count

 

In addition we counted other birds in the area. The highest count was for Red-winged Blackbirds. We stopped counting at thirty five. All but one of them were male birds. The second photo is of the only female that we saw.

There were a few Buffleheads in the pond and they seemed to be chasing one another around the pond.

 

For the first time since I started counting I found Trumpeter Swans in the area. I noticed them a couple of times this spring so maybe they will stay for the season.

 

There were several Canadian Geese on their nests.