Wednesday, July 2, 2014

Today at the AHATS WOA, I had a bunch of firsts

Today at the Arden Hills Army Training Site Wildlife Observation Area, I saw my first indigo bunting at the site.  I also got my first photo on an indigo bunting anywhere. 

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I have lots of osprey photos but this is the first photo with a northern pike.

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Saturday, June 21, 2014

Today at the AHATS WOA, I Saw Goats Beard

I caught the goat's beard open this morning at the Arden Hills Army Training Site Wildlife Observation Area.  The butterfly weed and black-eyed susans are about to bloom.  I also saw 5 common loons, a flycatcher of some sort, one female eastern bluebird, 6+ tree swallows (think most were recent fledglings), one northern flicker, a wood duck, a trumpeter swan and heard a gray catbird yapping away. 

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Friday, June 6, 2014

Today at the AHATS WOA, I Saw an Osprey

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This osprey flew over with a fish...missed that shot. It ate it in a dead tree and then flew over me on its way back to Turtle Lake.  It was moderately windy with cool storm clouds tonight. 

What else I saw:  6 turkey vultures, 3 loons, 1 eastern bluebird, song sparrow, 3 or 4 barn swallows about a half a dozen tree swallows, crows, red-winged blackbirds and one trumpeter swan. 

Thursday, June 5, 2014

Today at the AHATS WOA, I Saw Sumac...and Clouds

Saw the bluebird pair and some crows today along with the sumac. The sumac trees are really taking over. Oh and the lupine is blooming!

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Here are some clouds:

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Thursday, May 29, 2014

Today at the AHATS WOA, I Saw a Song Sparrow

Today at the AHATS Wildlife Observation Area, I Saw a Song Sparrow.  I also saw a pileated woodpecker, trumpeter swan, the bluebird pair, osprey with fish, turkey vulture, one loon, lots of red-winged blackbirds, geese and two blue-winged teal.

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Wednesday, May 28, 2014

Today at the AHATS WOA, I Saw Barn Swallows

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As far as swallows go, the tree swallows usually dominate at the AHATS Wildlife Observation Area.  Occasionally, some barn swallows stop by as they did tonight.  This one rested on the wire for a few minutes and let me get pretty close.  Here's another shot of it all puffed out during preening. 

Two turkey vultures landed in one of the dead trees and I saw a green heron in a tree briefly.   A couple days ago two young bucks walked up on me.

Friday, May 23, 2014

Today at the AHATS WOA, I Saw Green Heron

Saw two green herons calling to each other at the AHATS Wildlife Observation Area.  Also saw: 2 osprey, crows, two bluebirds bringing food to the nest can, barn swallows, tree swallows, downy/hairy woodpeckers, two swans, geese and ducks.

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