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Category Archives: Menomonie

One of my favorite times of the year is the spring. I love photographing spring buds. When the trees are budding out the colors in the forest are almost as beautiful as the fall colors.

 

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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.

 

It has been a difficult month for the deer. We had over 40 inches of snow in February and they are having problems finding food. I noticed three of them out along the woods eating on tree branches. The neighbor, who farms, has been putting hay out for them.

 

A recent snowstorm brought quite a few American Goldfinches to my feeders.

 

Here are a few recent photos of Dark-eyed Juncos. There have been plenty of them around this winter.