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Yesterdays snowstorm really brought out the Northern Cardinals. At one point the wind was really blowing as you can see in the second photo.

 

 

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No snow storms recently so I’ve had to photograph birds on bright sunny days.

Northern Cardinal

Black-capped Chickadee

Dark-eyed Junco

Downy Woodpecker

Red-bellied Woodpecker

Red-breasted Nuthatch

White-breasted Nuthatch

I spent a good part of the morning photographing perched of frost covered pine trees. More bird photos can be found on my website.

I love to photograph birds in a snowstorm. I managed to catch these cardinals one afternoon.

 

 

Normally I have problems photographing Black-capped Chickadees because the move around so quickly but this year it hasn’t been a problem.

After leaving the Nelson’s on the Rush River we drove down to Red Wing Minnesota looking for Eagles. When we arrived at Colvill Park there were already quite a few eagle watchers and photographers gathered along the shore. It was bitterly cold at -15 but fortunately there was almost no wind. As we pulled into the parking lot we could see over a hundred Eagles sitting in the trees and fishing in the open water. I’ve been to Colvill Park a number of times but have never seen anywhere near this many eagles at one place. More Bald Eagle photos from Colvill Park can be found on my website.

This eagle was sitting in a frost covered tree. He had apparently had success at fishing because his tail was covered in blood.

We could see fish along the surface of the water and so could the eagles. They seem to have over a 50 percent success rate on this cold morning.

It was really fun watching them fly above the water looking for fish.

 

As we watched this eagle flew up into a tree near the car and was telling everyone that he caught a fish.

We had some shopping to do in Hudson, Wisconsin so we decided to stop in and look at the Trumpeter Swans that can be found along the Saint Croix River. We were disappointed and a little shocked to find that there was almost no open water where the Swans usually congregate. There were a few of them huddled along the shore and another batch out toward the river but none in the little pond. I’m not sure what is going on. Normally even if it is cold out there is a nice section of open water in the area.

I did manage to capture a few shots of the Ducks and Geese near the puddle of open water.

A pair of Red-breasted Nuthatches turned up at my feeder this year. It has been several years since I’ve seen any of them around.

I haven’t seen a Pileated Woodpecker at my feeders in quite some time. Earlier this fall I noticed one fly by as I was working on the bird feeders. This past week a female has turned up at my feeders several times. The second time she turned up I was able to get to my camera with the long lens so all I could photograph was her head.

I just happened to be looking out the window when I notice a strange bird fly up to my feeders and all of the other birds scattered. It turned out to be a Northern Shrike. Its been four years since I’ve see one of them on the farm.