Tuesday, May 26, 2009

Bird Photography Weekly - Common Loon on Nest

We've had a pair of loons nesting in the bay of the lake we're on for several years now. Last year they successfully raised one chick. This past weekend, I was lucky enough to catch them changing places on the nest. Not being very well suited to walking on land, it was quite a process! The adult that left the nest and took to the water kept a watchful eye on the sky and sent up an alert call when an eagle was overhead. The adult on the nest left it and swam a short distance away. As soon as the eagle moved on, the nest was once again occupied. To see more interesting birds from all over the world, visit Bird Photography Weekly.

Friday, May 22, 2009

Birds Return to Northwoods

I spent all of last week in the Wisconsin Northwoods and although the weather was just too cold to do much serious birding outdoors, the birds seemed to come to me. I kept a list of all the birds I could see from the deck and came up with 24 species. The highlights were the Yellow-rumped and Palm Warblers that were everywhere; the three male Rose-breasted Grosbeaks; the Baltimore Orioles and the Ruby-throated Hummingbirds. Our loons are nesting nearby again this spring - hope the eagles will leave them alone so they can raise a couple of chicks. Heading back up for the Memorial Day weekend and the weather forecast looks good. Good birding to you!

Monday, May 4, 2009

Bird Photography Weekly: Rose-breasted Grosbeak

My FOY Rose-breasted Grosbeak showed up at the backyard feeder Saturday morning. I'm anxiously waiting for Baltimore Orioles and Hummingbirds that have been reported back in the SE Wisconsin area!