I have been busy to say the least. I have been out and about taking photos, just not a lot of time to write about it. Here in Minnesota we have had a long, harsh winter. We had 15 inches of snow on April 18 in my neck of the woods. A week later it was another 6. Very sad that some of the birds came back too early to the cold and snow. Some did not get enough food, and I heard some froze to death, unfortunately. I was frantically throwing out birdseed during the snowstorm and sweeping my deck off for my juncos, chickadees and finches. I saw a photo from my birding group of a robin feeding at a suet feeder. You don’t see that every day. Desperate times call for desperate measures. We had “lovingly” calling it a cross between Winter and Spring “SPRINTER”!
But that melted within a couple of days and we have been enjoying some mild spring weather, FINALLY. However, I hear up in northern Minnesota the lakes still have many inches of ice on them. Our big opener fishing weekend is coming up this weekend, and some are joking they may be ice fishing! After the storm of the 18th, my sidekick had a snow day and I took a snow day from work. We drove around (I have AWD, so not so bad) and I took photos. We brought buckets of birdseed to sprinkle at several parks for the birds.
Yesterday was a good day weatherwise, as is today. We were able to head to a local birding hotspot on Saturday, saw a nice Palm Warbler, but didn’t get the shot of course; and yesterday took a walk and saw a first-timer for me, the Orange Crowned Warbler. Have been seeing several Great Egrets around here and there. Also, I went all winter without seeing a cardinal. Kind of unusual in a Minnesota winter, to not see a Northern Cardinal. Now all of a sudden I’ve seen several couples flitting about.
This weekend is Mother’s Day and weather-permitting, we have nature things planned. Saturday is a migrating bird tour with the local refuge and Sunday I think we are going to a local state park for some hiking. More to follow on this.
At any rate, I just wanted to pop on and post some photos that I have recently taken and catch up a bit. There is a big mix of photos in this slideshow, from winter/spring. Hope you enjoy!
Thanks for looking!