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It’s the second year in a row that we have had a blizzard in April. It started snowing on Wednesday afternoon and snowed into Thursday. Thursday brought very strong winds a blowing snow even though the snow was wet. We also had a reddish colored snow. When I went out for a walk I noticed the top inch of snow was a reddish color. Turns out it was dust blown in from New Mexico and Texas. We ended up with about a foot of snow.

I think I noted that about three weeks ago all of the Dark-eyed Juncos disappeared and I haven’t seen one since. However, on Wednesday a few of the turned up at my feeders. On Thursday morning I looked out and there were 30+ of them scattered over a wide area on the ground. The strong winds had blown bird seed over a wide area in the lawn. They were present all day in large numbers.

The other bird I’ve not seen for a while is the American Goldfinch. They also turned up in large numbers. I noticed that they had started to turn color since I had last seen them.

There were a variety of other birds at the feeders during the storm.

White-breasted Nuthatch

Song Sparrow

Northern Cardinal – female

Northern Cardinal – male

Downy Woodpecker

Black-capped Chickadee

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A few photos of male Northern Cardinals. They seem to be mad about something. Maybe they are hopping spring arrives soon.

 

So far this winter we couldn’t buy a snowstorm. In the past week we have had two of them with two more on the way. The Northern Cardinals always show up when it snows. A photographer is never happy. This was a beautiful snow storm with it snowing all day and snow that was gently falling from the sky almost perfect conditions.  What makes the snow really pop is a background of White Pine trees. Unfortunately we had so much snow the day before and the trees were covered with snow and the background was almost white.

 

so far this winter I’ve had about a dozen Northern Cardinals at my feeders. Generally they show up during low light conditions which means early in the morning or late in the afternoon. The exception is when we have a snowstorm. That seems to bring them out in large numbers.

 

One of my favorite times to photograph birds is during a snowstorm. I’m usually sitting in my rocking chair in front of a roaring fire. I have some large picture windows that provides a great view of my bird feeders from this location. Typically my Northern cardinals turn up early in the morning and late in the afternoon. When the snow starts the Northern Cardinals seem to congregate at the bird feeders. Yesterday we had 7 inches of light fluffy snow and I was able to spend quite a bit of time photographing birds. These are a few of the shots from the day. Better yet there is another storm on the way.

 

 

I had quite a few Northern Cardinals show up at my feeders during a brief snowstorm.

 

My wife has put together an exhibit of eight of my winter photographs for the Menomonie, Wisconsin Public Library. The photos selected are shown below.

A Female Northern Cardinal taken during snowstorm.

A Bald Eagle shot at Colvill Park in Red Wing Minnesota. It was fourteen below zero.

These trees covered in ice were photographed above Lake Superior at Tettegouche State Park in Minnesota. A strong March storm roared across Minnesota and Wisconsin. The Nor’easter caused huge waves along the lake which then froze on the trees.

Bridge along the Red Cedar Trail near Downsville, Wisconsin after an early November snowfall.

An Ice formation at Devil’s Punchbowl near Menomonie, Wisconsin

Bond falls is my favorite winter waterfall destination. It is located near Paulding, Michigan in the U.P.

Trees photographed, during a winter snowstorm, while skiing the Backcountry Trail at Swedetown. Swedetown is located in Calumet, Michigan.

A rock and Ice formation along the Apostile Islands.

These are a few of the birds I’ve seen around the feeder the last few weeks.

Northern Cardinal

Red-breasted Nuthatch

Downy Woodpecker

Blue Jay

Black-capped Chickadee

The first snowfall of the season brought a large number of birds out to the feeders. At one point there were 35 Goldfinches at the feeder.

This has been a great winter to photograph Northern Cardinals. I’ve had as many as eight at my feeder at any given time and they have been feeding during the day. It is probably do to the fact that I’ve not see any hawks around this winter.

These two did not seem very happy to be out in the snowfall.