Saturday, February 28, 2009

Thursday, February 26, 2009

Yeah, I guess it's still winter

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Although not strictly a nature photo, it kinda gives a good idea of what we were driving in this morning.:)

Tuesday, February 24, 2009

Sunday, February 22, 2009

It was 12º below zero this morning...

...but bright sun this afternoon made for some great icicles.

Saturday, February 21, 2009

Sunset and Fresh Snow

A screech owl died of unknown causes in the barn last night. I found it this morning when I went in to get a hay bale. Though it was sad that it died, it provided a great opportunity to study the intricate feather patterns of this beautiful little bird.



Saturday, February 14, 2009

More on Crossbills

....The pictures below show off the white wing bars that distinguish the White-winged Crossbill from its cousin the Red Crossbill and also showcase their singular feeding habit of hanging upside down while picking the seeds from pine cones that make up the majority of their diet.

....The White-winged Crossbill's migration varies and they will pretty much travel to wherever there is food (probably one of the reasons that I've never seen them here before). Their song is a series of loud trills on different pitches and was the first thing that alerted me to the fact that they were in the area.
....White-winged Crossbills live mainly in conifer forests but will live most anywhere that has an abundance of pine and fur cones. Their diet consists of anything from pine and fur seeds, sunflower seeds, and berries to aphids and caterpillars.

Hopefully this hasn't bored you all beyond any ability to endure, but I enjoyed watching, photographing, and researching this new bird.:)

Friday, February 13, 2009

White-winged Crossbills

Sorry the pictures aren't very good. They were only there for a second.

Thursday, February 12, 2009