More From the Dogwood Tree

September 1, 2019 - Hummingbird in Bent Tree

September 1, 2019 – Hummingbird in Bent Tree

Yesterday, there was a flurry of activity in the dogwood tree (the same one from Saturday’s post).  Several juvenile tufted titmice were flitting around the branches for a few minutes, so I grabbed my camera and started snapping pictures (see below for a couple of different shots of one of the birds).  In the midst of all of that, a hummingbird landed on a branch long enough for me to get a pretty good shot (see header photo above).

September 1, 2019 - Juvenile Tufted Titmouse in Bent Tree

September 1, 2019 – Juvenile Tufted Titmouse in Bent Tree

September 1, 2019 - Juvenile Tufted Titmouse in Bent Tree

September 1, 2019 – Juvenile Tufted Titmouse in Bent Tree

Red and Green

Last Sunday, I was snapping photos of some red cardinal flowers along the edge of Lake Tamarack and finally realized that there was a little green heron in the middle (see second photo below for closeup).

August 18, 2019 - Cardinal flowers (and a green heron) along Lake Tamarack in Bent Tree

August 18, 2019 – Cardinal flowers (and a green heron) along Lake Tamarack in Bent Tree

August 18, 2019 - closeup of the green heron

August 18, 2019 – closeup of the green heron

Hanging Out With An Osprey

Saturday evening, we were having a good time watching a pair of ospreys flying all around Lake Tamarack (the second photo below shows both of them) when, all of a sudden, one swooped in and landed in a tree right above my head.  I stood below for over 10 minutes, taking pictures of it staring at me while I stared right back, hoping I would get a good shot of it taking off.  The no-see-ums were biting, so I finally gave up.  The osprey was still sitting there when I left, so I guess it won the staring contest.

August 10, 2019 - Osprey in Bent Tree

August 10, 2019 – Osprey in Bent Tree (click image to zoom)

August 10, 2019 - Two ospreys flying over Lake Tamarack

August 10, 2019 – Two ospreys flying over Lake Tamarack (click image to zoom)

August 10, 2019 - one of the two osprey flying in Bent Tree

August 10, 2019 – one of the two osprey flying in Bent Tree

Fishing

Yesterday, this female Belted Kingfisher swooped down in Lake Tamarack and came back up with a fish in her mouth.  She headed to the top of a wood duck box and sat there for a few minutes before flying off again (with the fish still in her mouth).  The belted kingfisher is one of the few species of birds where the female is more colorful than the male.  Click here for more information.

May 14, 2019 - Belted Kingfisher with fish in Bent Tree

May 14, 2019 – Belted Kingfisher with fish in Bent Tree (click photo for larger image)

Sunbathing

A couple of weeks ago, some turkey vultures were hanging out in trees along the edge of Lake Tamarack. It was mostly cloudy, but everytime the sun peeked out, the turkey vultures would spread their wings (second photo below). As soon as the sun disappeared, the wings would go back down.

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April 28, 2019 - Turkey Vultures in Bent Tree

April 28, 2019 – Turkey Vultures in Bent Tree