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Fall Reflections are one of my favorite subjects during fall leaf season.

Rusk County

Rusk County

Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore

Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore

Gile Flowage

Gile Flowage

Black River Harbor Reflections

Black River Harbor Reflections

Red Cedar River

Red Cedar River

 

 

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My wife and I have been skiing the Red Cedar State Trail several times a week. We usually pick a different section of the trail to ski so we have skied all of the trail from Menomonie to Downsville.Red-Cedar-Trail-14-2-_0484

We have been seeing a lot of wildlife on the trail. On three different occasions we have seen a pair of eagles near the ice wall at the 1.5 mile mark of the trail. On one occasion they were on or near the nest across the Red Cedar River and on two other occasions they were sitting side by side in a tree above the ice wall.Bald-Eagles-14-2-_0482

We have been seeing a lot of ducks between Menomonie and Irvington. Most of the river is open in this area and it is one of the few portions with open water. We also saw a lone Trumpeter Swan paddling up the river. It was making quite a bit of noise. We also saw a couple of hawks in trees along the trail. One flew off then came back and flew right at us before landing in a three above us. It just sat and watches as we skied by.Red-Cedar-State-Trail-14-1-_0997

On two occasions we had fresh snow on the trail so we were skiing on what  were ungroomed trails. It was a lot of fun skiing through fresh snow.

I was out for a walk along the Red Cedar River last week. It was on, what has turned out to be a rare sunny day. There was a small stream flowing into the Red Cedar. The sun on the ripples in the water created some interesting patterns on the streambed.

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There have been a large number of Yellow-rumped Warblers around this spring and they have been around for almost three weeks. Most of them have been along the Red Cedar State Trail and the Red Cedar River. There was quite a bit of snow still on the ground when they arrived. I’ve also seen a few of them around the farm which is very unusual. I suspect they are around in large numbers because of the heavy snowfall to the north and they ended up stopping in this area until the snow stopped falling to the north.

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Yesterday I saw two new birds at my feeders. The Yellow-rumped Warblers are migrating through. I have been seeing lots of them along the Red Cedar River but today I saw my first one on the farm. I think this is the first one I’ve ever photographed on the farm.

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The Eastern Phoebes have also been plentiful along the Red Cedar River. I normally have them build a nest around the house and yesterday I saw my first one of the season on the farm.

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