Friday, June 12, 2015
Today at the Arden Hills Army Training Site Wildlife Observation Area, I saw lots of babies. The trumpeter swan pair have 5 cygnets. The common loon pair have two young. And a whole bunch of wood ducklings were around minus one.
I witnessed an interesting behavior from one of the swans, something I've never seen. The swan attacked a momma wood duck. She disparately tried to distract it from one of the ducklings but the swan was determined. The duckling would submerge for a few seconds but when it popped up the swan would lunge for it. After a few minutes of this comical chase, the swan succeeded. It held the duckling under water and then shook it around like a dog playing with a chew toy. It was an interesting site to behold. Wish I would've had video and/or a 10,000mm lens.
Monday, May 4, 2015
Today a young bald eagle flew over my head at the Arden Hills Army Training Site Wildlife Observation Area. I also saw: a pileated woodpecker, an eastern bluebird, some chickadees, heard some song sparrows, saw my first of the year yellow-rumped warbler, two common loons, one trumpeter swan, four goldfinches, four blue jays, a crow and lots of red-winged blackbirds.
Saturday, May 2, 2015
Tonight I saw a swan fight at the Arden Hills Army Training Site Wildlife Observation Area. They chased each other around the lake and one managed to pull some feather out. It was dark and high ISO but I got the action.
Also saw: two osprey gathering sticks from a nearby tree, tree sparrow mating, a pair of eastern blue birds, four talkative blue jays and some ducks and Canada geese.
Sunday, April 26, 2015
Today at the AHATS Wildlife Observation Area, I saw a sunset. I also saw a couple common loons, an eastern bluebird, a couple black-capped chickadees, only a couple Canada geese and lots of red-winged blackbirds.
Wednesday, April 15, 2015
Today at the AHATS Wildlife Observation Area, I saw clouds and a plane. Actually, I saw 6 or 8 airplanes. I also saw a pair of bluebirds, about 8 tree swallows, 1 Cooper's hawk, 1 turkey vulture, 1 pileated woodpecker, 1 song sparrow and a bunch of ducks and Canada geese and Red-winged blackbirds.
The first for the day was seeing a downy woodpecker inside one of the bluebird cans.
Sunday, April 12, 2015
Friday, April 10, 2015
Today at the Arden Hills Army Training Site Wildlife Observation Area, I saw a bald eagle. Well, I may have seen two or this one twice. I heard my first of the year song sparrow but didn't see it. I also saw Mr. and Mrs. Northern Harrier. Nothing quiets the red-winged blackbirds as quickly as a harrier fly-over. Saw a Mr. Cardinal signing, some chickadees, goldfinches and lots of Canada geese and unidentified ducks on lake Marsden.