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We have made several trips to Crex Meadows this spring. These are a few of the things we saw.

Mourning Cloak

Pied-Billed Grebe

White-tailed Deer

Porcupine

Muskrat

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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.

My wife and I drove out to Hoffman Hills for our first look around this spring.  We did hear some Sandhill Cranes and saw a couple of Mallard Ducks and a Yellow-bellied Sapsucker. This was the first Song Sparrow we have seen this spring.

The Pussy Willows are now in bloom although they seem to be much further along at Gilbert Creek Wildlife Area.

We encountered a Turkey Vulture flying over one of the lakes.

Pond Reflections of the Willow Trees.

Last years Flowers.

I have a few Hairy Woodpeckers at my feeders.

I thought when I removed a bunch of the landscaping around the house that the chickadees would stay away but that hasn’t been the case.

My most frequent woodpecker visitor this winter is the Downy Woodpecker. I can easily have 6-8 of them at a time at the feeders.

 

I’ve had an unusual number of Red-bellied Woodpeckers at the feeder this winter. Both the male and female have been showing up.

I happened to be looking out the window and noticed this 8 point buck standing out near the woods. I grabbed the camera was photographing him when I noticed he was looking at something. As I watch a doe came walking along. When the doe noticed the buck it took off running past him. The buck seemed totally uninterested but then it wandered into the woods and seemed to be following the doe.

 

 

I have four Blue Jays that seem to hang around the feeder every day.

 

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.