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 (click photo for larger image)
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.
April 28, 2019 – Turkey Vultures in Bent Tree
It turns out that the soggy chickadee from last week has a nest full of babies.
May 9, 2019 – a nest full of young chickadees in Bent Tree
“Into each life some rain must fall…”
- Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
May 1, 2019 – A soggy chickadee in Bent Tree (click photo for larger image)
Click the thumbnails below to scroll through larger images. In the first photo, the hawk is well camouflaged in the trees, so you may have to do some searching to find it. The last photo is basically a flurry of feathers as the hawk flew away.
The sky was a striking shade of blue a couple of days ago, and this redheaded woodpecker really stood out against the blue backdrop.
March 28, 2019 – Redheaded Woodpecker in Bent Tree (click photo for larger image)
A bluebird and a red-bellied woodpecker made bright splashes of color against yesterday’s gray backdrop.
February 11, 2019 – Bluebird in Bent Tree
February 11, 2019 – Red-bellied woodpecker in Bent Tree
This juvenile green heron was hanging out near the edge of Lake Tamarack last month. It was stalking something and it’s crest changed with everystep.
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Three goldfinches were snacking on a plant at the water’s edge of the dam. The roly-poly one at the top, straddling the branches, was really cute.
July 27, 2018 – Goldfinches at the Lake Tamarack Dam in Bent Tree (click image to zoom)