Sunday, March 10, 2013

Early March/Nature Notes

End of winter, or nearly the end

Largest square: Red-tailed hawk sitting atop a small tree. I have seen quite a few red tails this winter but this is the first one to graciously show it's gorgeous red tail and  "eagle" eye without flying away. How they find yummy voles and moles even when the ground is covered in snow is beyond my comprehension!

Moving clockwise:
1. Snow bunting eating weed and grass seeds at the roadside. In April males will return to the high Arctic, the females about a month later.
2. Horned lark, another bird that eats weed seeds at the side of roads this time of year
3. Female cardinal hiding amongst the branches of a red osier dogwood
4. Melting snow refreezing into icicles
5. Melting snow beneath wild grass and red osier dogwood

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39 comments:

rainfield61 said...

These birds are having a good time even in this winter day.

Revrunner said...

Great shot of the re-tailed. I took one of a red-shouldered hawk a few days ago, which tend to prevail in these parts, but nearly so sharp and so clear.

Giga said...

Chyba prawie koniec zimy, bo jeszcze widać jej ostatki. Ptaki śliczne widziałas w tym czasie. Pozdrawiam.
I think almost the end of winter, because I have seen the last of. Beautiful birds you saw at the time. Yours.

Coloring Outside the Lines said...

Nice shots- beautiful close up of the hawk.

llandudnopictures said...

The red-tailed hawk was very co-operative, struck the perfect pose!

Jill said...

Beautiful and a thankful reminder that spring really IS coming!

Cezar and Léia said...

Great images of these most charming birdies!
God bless you!
Cezar

Stephanie said...

Lovely collage.

Gail Dixon (Louisiana Belle) said...

Oh, man, the shot of that hawk is simply perfection! He gave you a wonderful pose. Enjoyed all your shots, but I'm particularly partial to birds of prey for some reason.

PerthDailyPhoto said...

Brilliant shot of the Red Tailed Hawk, I'm so envious EG.

TexWisGirl said...

nice. i always love to see the snow buntings and horned larks on folks' blogs!

Birdman said...

Great hawk image. "What's for lunch?"

Yogi♪♪♪ said...

Nice collection of bird pics. Spring is in the air here.

Lowell said...

You seem to know so much about the flora and fauna of your community. Is such knowledge a requisite of your job?

Another fine collage!

Jenny said...

What a lovely collection of photos. The female cardinal looks very stylish in the dogwood.

RedPat said...

I have seen a lot of red tails downtown too. They are often circling over railway tracks where bunnies and their like live but I think they like to grab a pigeon or 2 also!

Kay said...

Beautiful shots - very nice collage. The hawk is stunning, a perfect shot to show off all its hawkishness, especially that piercing eye.

Lois Evensen said...

Beautiful. Yes, we are definitely at the change of seasons. Nice.

Michelle said...

Love seeing that cardinal!

Pat said...

Gorgeous mosaic. Love the red tail hawk.

✿ chica said...

Adoro passar aqui! Lindo! beijos,chica

~Lavender Dreamer~ said...

Your photos made a beautiful mosaic! Well done! Happy Monday!

Nora at Island Rambles said...

The hawk is a brilliant shot and the way he is posing...I would love to have a snow bunting around, so pretty. cheers.

Cindy said...

Fantastic images. Love the little snow bunting and the hawk.

Jack said...

You do such an impressive job of taking photos of these birds and identifying them. I am barely past the robin, no robin state of knowledge.

LONDONLULU said...

Beautiful shots especially of that red-tailed hawk! Your nature knowledge is amazing:)

eileeninmd said...

Beautiful mosaic. I love the birds, especially the Snow Bunting and the Meadowlark. The Hawk are cool to see. Lovely images, have a great week!

Carver said...

Great shots. I haven't seen as many hawks this winter as I usually do.

Kathy said...

I love your photo of the hawk. They never sit still like that for me. One swooped right in front of me yesterday while I was driving down the road. He didn't even have the courtesy to let me know he was coming so I'd have time to pick up my camera!

edenhills said...

Beautiful collage! I love the icicles.

missing moments said...

Gorgeous image of your hawk!

NatureFootstep said...

We have snow buntings in migration time but I have only seen it ones. :( They are beautiful birds.

Deanna said...

Oh such beautiful birds...thanks so much for sharing with us.

Susan said...

You are amazing photographer!

Leora said...

Do I like the scenery best or the great bird shots? Aw, it's all great. And the info, too.

Karen said...

That hawk is awesome!

Mary Howell Cromer said...

Just wonderful, and that Red-tailed Hawk image is glorious! Yes, nearly over, a little bit longer before Spring and then the warm up~

Rambling Woods said...

There was a red-tailed that took a run at the ducks or the squirrels.. both went running.. flying.. Lovely collage..Michelle

Rose said...

I have not seen a snow bunting or a horned lark...need to look them up to see if they are ever seen here.

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