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).
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).
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.
Over Memorial Day weekend, I saw a blue grosbeak on Saturday, a white squirrel on Sunday, and a red cardinal on Monday. Click photos for larger images:
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.
It turns out that the soggy chickadee from last week has a nest full of babies.
“Into each life some rain must fall…”
- Henry Wadsworth Longfellow