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I’ve had a variety of birds at my feeder. I was particularly happy to see a Pileated Woodpecker several times last week.

Pileated Woodpecker

White-breasted Nuthatch

Downy Woodpeckers

Dark-eyed Junco

Blue Jay

Black-capped Chickadee

American Goldfinch

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I’ve wrapped up my winter bird photography. These are a few of my last shots.

Blue Jay

Hairy Woodpecker

House Sparrow

Black-capped Chickadee

White-breasted Nuthatch

Red-breasted Woodpecker

Red-breasted Nuthatch

Pileated Woodpecker

Dark-eyed Junco

American Goldfinch

 

We were looking for an outing so we drove up to the Chippewa Moraine Segment of the Ice Age Trail for a hike. We didn’t bring our snowshoes hoping the trail would have been packed down by snowshoers. It was in some places but others it was still soft enough to make things difficult. It was a bit like walking on the beach and we were pooped by the time we finished the 4.5 mile trail. Not a lot to photograph. We found this large popular tree that a beaver must have been working on. He should have tried for a smaller tree.

A few leaves had fallen in the snow.

A number of places we found that Pileated Woodpeckers had been busy on the trees. It doesn’t take them long to make short work of the tree.

I see the Pileated Woodpecker at my feeder almost every day but haven’t been out in the woods to see what he has been up to. This last week I took a trip around the farm and found several trees where he has recently been active. As you can see they can make short work of a tree and do considerable damage.

Pileated Woodpecker

Pileated Woodpecker

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I’ve hiked the first five miles of the trail in the last couple of days. I have to admit that the hot humid weather has made for uncomfortable hiking. The good news is I haven’t encountered many mosquitoes.

There are a variety of flowers out along the trail. The Touch-me-nots are starting to bloom all along the trail.

Pileated Woodpecker

There are quite a few birds out along the trail I saw eagles at the one mile marker on Tuesday and heard several others across the river in the trees. On Wednesday I saw two more immature eagles and an Osprey at the four mile marker. It pays to look up into the sky when you are on the trail. I also had the opportunity to observe several Pileated Woodpeckers while they were looking for insects in a tree. I frequently see and hear them along the trail but haven’t been able to get any photos.

There are more photos on my website.