While photographing hummingbirds feeding I noticed that this fellow had landed and was flopping around on a plant leaf. At first I thought something was wrong with it but as I watched it I concluded it was taking a bath on the moisture on the leaf.
Just before most the hummingbirds left for the summer I had a chance to photograph them feeding on my Red Prince Weigela flowers with a background of sunflowers.
Around Labor day most of the humming birds started to leave. Just before they left my Red Prince Weigela shrub started to bloom on the upper branches. It had been blooming in the lower branches but I hadn’t noticed that the Ruby-throated Hummingbirds were feeding on the flowers. Once the upper branches started blooming the hummingbirds were frequent visitors. In addition to the Weigela flowers they also like catnip. I hope catnip doesn’t have the same impact on hummingbirds as it does on cats.
The last of the spring birds have returned to the farm.
Two weeks ago a Rose-breasted Grosbeak turned up at the farm.
Rose-breasted Grosbeak male
This past week my wife saw a Ruby-throated Hummingbird and a Baltimore Oriole. So far there appear to be only a couple of birds.
Ruby-throated Hummingbird male
Tree Swallows have also returned are are checking out the housing situation. This year I added more bird houses so I hope there will not be fights between the Bluebirds and the swallows.
Linda put together a show of eight of my photos at the Menomonie Public Library. She did all of the printing, matting and framing of the photos. I just took the pictures. They will be on display through the month of April.
There are four Landscape photos.
Now and Then Falls Amnicon Falls State Park
Apostle Islands Sea Cave Cornucopia, Wisconsin
Crex Meadows Grantsburg ,Wisconsin
Seney National Wildlife Refuge Seney, Michigan
There are four wildlife Photos
Goslings Hoffman Hills Recreation Area Menomonie, Wisconsin
Black Bear Vince Shute Wildlife Sanctuary Orr, Minnesota
Ruby-throated Hummingbird Canadian Hill Farm Menomonie, Wisconsin
Monarch Butterflies Fontenac State Park Fontenac, Monnesota
Mountain Bluebird – When we are in Custer State Park we like to go out to the airport early in the morning and photograph the nesting Mountain Bluebirds.
Ruby-throated Hummingbirds – The Ruby-throated Hummingbirds arrive in May and are around most of the summer. For some reason I don’t photography them very frequently. On this particular day I was photographing some other birds when the hummingbird started feeding on a flower right in front of me.
Sandhill Cranes – I typically photograph Sandhill Cranes at Crex Meadows. However, in the spring when the cranes return I participate in the annual crane count. This show was taken at my count location, Gilbert Creek wildlife area, on a foggy morning.
Trumpeter Swans – Every winter my wife and I drive over to Hudson, Wisconsin to photograph the Trumpeter Swans and one of the areas of open water on the Saint Croix River.
Northern Cardinal – One of my favorite activities in the winter is photographing birds during a snowstorm. The Northern Cardinals usually turn up at my feeders early in the morning and late in the evening when the light levels are too low for photography. The exception is during a snow storm when they are frequent visitors.
It was almost as if the summer birds could read the calendar. On September 1st I noticed that a large number of the Ruby-throated Hummingbirds disappeared from my feeders. There are still some around but I was feeding them once per day and now it is down to twice per week with fewer feeders out. The ones that are around are probably passing through from up north.
At about the same time I noticed that there were fewer Baltimore Orioles at my feeders. They also seem to be leaving. In the spring when these two species arrive the typically arrive within a day or two of each other. The same appears to be true when they leave. This is one of the last to leave.
Most of the birds are now off raising their young. The Baltimore and Orchard Orioles were at the feeders in large numbers but they have tailed off. Hopefully they are nesting in the area and will return to the feeders with their young.
The Grey Catbirds are nesting around the house in various evergreen trees and shrubs.
The Chipping Sparrows are also nesting in the same evergreen trees. It might get crowded.
The Woodpeckers are some of the most frequent visitors to my feeding stations. Hopefully they will be bringing their young to the feeders in the near future.
Red bellied Woodpecker
The Ruby-throated Humming birds are going through about a gallon of sugar water every few days.
More bird photos can be found on my website.
On May 5th I saw my first Grey Catbirds of the season. They have been hanging out near my bird feeders and evergreens in front of the house.
On the 6th of May I noticed that the Baltimore Orioles and the Humming birds had returned.
Ruby-throated Hummingbird female
Today I noticed that the female Rose-breasted Grosbeaks had returned. The male grosbeaks returned last week. I also saw an Indigo Bunting at the feeder this afternoon.
Rose-breasted Grosbeak female
I’m not sure why but this female Ruby-throated Hummingbird was standing guard over one on my hummingbird feeders. This was the last week of summer and she was about the only hummingbird around.