This hawk sat on the same branch for over an hour in the rain, yesterday. For most of that time, it was standing on one foot. According to The Cornell Lab of Ornithology website “Birds will often stand on one foot to minimize heat loss.”
Saturday morning, I was taking photos of a green heron at Lake Tamarack (see first photo below), trying to follow it as it flew from branch to branch along the shore. After a while, a second green heron came onto the scene (see second photo below). At one point, I was able to get them both in one photo (see photo above). Click here to link to a post with more green heron photos that were taken in May.
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
The sky was a striking shade of blue a couple of days ago, and this redheaded woodpecker really stood out against the blue backdrop.
A bluebird and a red-bellied woodpecker made bright splashes of color against yesterday’s gray backdrop.