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Some of the other birds at my feeder during the recent snowstorm.

Dark-eyed Junco

House Sparrow

White-breasted Nuthatch

Red-breasted Nuthatch

Black-capped Chickadee

 

 

 

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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.

 

 

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

 

 

After blowing snow we decided to drive down to the Red Cedar State Trail and check on conditions. As it turned out the trail had not been groomed after a foot of heavy wet snow. Someone had broken trail for about 100 yards but after that we ended up being the only people on the trail. It was really beautiful with the trees covered in wet snow. We decided to ski down to the ice wall located about a mile and a half up the trail.

 

When we reached the ice wall we started looking to see if any eagles were around. My wife spotted two of them on their favorite perch above the ice wall. While we were photographing the ice wall they flew across the river to their nest. We watched as they seemed to be cleaning the snow out of the nest.

 

I happened to be photographing birds one day when a sudden snowsquall occurred. It was some of the heaviest snow and the largest flakes that I’ve ever seen on the farm. It only lasted for a short time but it was fun to watch. It was so heavy that I had to manually focus the camera.

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It’s been a bummer of a winter. A couple of weeks ago we were scheduled to get some light flurries several times during the day. As it turned out there wasn’t much to it except several times during the day we has some spectacularly large snowflakes. They were over an inch in diameter and larger than anything I’ve seen on the farm. I grabbed my cameras and started photographing birds during these brief heavy flurries.

Tufted Titmouse

Tufted Titmouse

Hairy Woodpecker

Hairy Woodpecker

Downy Woodpecker

Downy Woodpecker

This last photo was taken of the large snowflakes against a background of White Pine trees.

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After a snowfall I walked out through the prairie to get some photos of last summer’s flowers.

Black-eyed Susan

Black-eyed Susan

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Heal-all

Daisy Fleabane

Daisy Fleabane

I photographed these birds about a month ago. It turned out to be the last snowfall of the season, unless we get an early spring snowfall.

Hairy Woodpecker

Hairy Woodpecker

This was the last time I saw any House Sparrows. They had been around in large numbers most of the winter but I was gone for a week and when I returned they were gone.

House Sparrows

House Sparrows

This was one of the rare times this winter that I was able to photograph female Northern Cardinals. There were several of them around during the snowstorm.

Northern Cardinal

Northern Cardinal

Northern Cardinal

Northern Cardinal

We had, what has turned out to be, a rare snowfall earlier in the week. Unfortunately I was out getting a Measles shot because of some nut cases refuse to get their kids vaccinated. As a result I missed most of what was a beautiful snowfall consisting of large flakes drifting out of the sky. This brought the birds out in full force.

Northern Cardinal

Northern Cardinal

House Sparrows

House Sparrows

Dark-eyed Junco

Dark-eyed Junco

 

Overnight we had a fresh snowfall. The next morning it was clear, bright and very cold but the wind was not blowing. The snowflakes were hanging on all of the summer flowers so I walked around the prairie and took some shots just before the wind started blowing.

Gall

Gall

Daisy Fleabane

Daisy Fleabane

Canada Goldenrod

Canada Goldenrod