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We have been gone most of the summer so I haven’t been feeding the hummingbirds. Shortly after returning I put up a couple of feeders. A couple of days later the hummingbirds started showing up. I took the opportunity to take a few photos.

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A few of the things I photographed on the farm this week.

Fly

Milkweed Tiger Moth

Red Clover

Sunflower

Thistle

Wild Basil

Wild Champion

We have been seeing about thirty birds flying around the yard at dusk. We thought they were swallows so we didn’t pay much attention. Last night I went out to take a closer look and determined they were not swallows. I grabbed the camera and tried to get some shots. It was difficult because of the low light and speed at which they were flying. I couldn’t figure out what they were but when I looked at the photos I determined it was a gathering of Night Hawks. First time I have seen anything like this.

 

A few weeks ago the first of the summer birds returned. More summer birds have returned. Normally these birds return withing a day or two of one another. This year the grosbeaks returned first. The hummingbirds followed a couple of weeks later and then the orioles a week after that. Right now there are eight orioles at my feeder.

Baltimore Oriole

Ruby-throated Hummingbird

Rose-breasted Grosbeak

Those who follow my blog have see lots of photos of birds at my feeders but they aren’t the only things that I find at my feeders.

The ones I would just as soon not see are the bears that come around every few years. They usually turn up in the spring just after emerging from hibernation. Unfortunately I don’t have any bear shots but I have watched one sit out under the bird feeder and tip up the feeder and drain the seeds into his mouth.

My bird feeders are probably fifty yards from the nearest trees so I don’t have squirrels very often but they do show up occasionally. I watched this one for several hours trying to figure out how to get to my feeder. He eventually succeeded so I had to remove some pine branches I had placed at the base of the feeder for shelter for the birds. Once I did that he didn’t come around again.

Grey Squirrel

On one occasion, late in the day, I noticed movement by the feeder and looked out to find Red the fox under the feeder. It had been very cold for a few days and he looked the worse for wear even though he looks good on this shot. He was probably looking for rabbits who is a frequent visitor to the feeder. Rabbits usually turn up in the evening after dark but this shot was taken one day whenit spent the day under a porch near the feeder.

Red Fox

 

Rabbit

As spring approachesĀ  I’m likely to see Opossums under the feeder.

Opossum

No snow storms recently so I’ve had to photograph birds on bright sunny days.

Northern Cardinal

Black-capped Chickadee

Dark-eyed Junco

Downy Woodpecker

Red-bellied Woodpecker

Red-breasted Nuthatch

White-breasted Nuthatch

Another frosty morning on the Prairie. More frost photos can be found on my website.

Normally I have problems photographing Black-capped Chickadees because the move around so quickly but this year it hasn’t been a problem.

A walk around the prairie on a beautiful day and the insects were busy filling up on nectar on the only remaining flower, Canadian Goldenrod.

Grasshopper

Walking through the prairie I found a large cluster of Milkweed Tiger Moth Caterpillars. These beautiful caterpillars turn into a very plain moth.