Bad photos – good birds

By , November 24, 2011 7:58 pm
Northern Shrike

Northern Shrike

Our birding is slowing down. I am taking fewer pictures each day and on some days I wiil take none at all. Tuesday, 11/22/11, was a gray day, not wet just cloudy and dark. We saw a Northern Shrike (and I mean we since Shawnne also saw it). I managed to get a passible photo of the Shrike. Certainly not a rare bird in MN, but not one that one sees every day. Both of us also saw a Mourning Dove and I managed to get a photo (not a great one either). The Mourning Dove can show up in any month of the year, but it is uncommon after October or Before March. In any event this is the first time I have seen one in November in Minnesota, Looking at my records we have now recorded Mourning Doves in all 12 months of the year. Both photos were taken through a window that has 3 panes of glass so it isn’t sharp.

Late Season Mourning Dove

Late Season Mourning Dove

We have a few Red-winged Blackbirds hanging on. A blast of cold weather this week froze the lake so they should be moving on soon. We had a flock of Canada Geese last Sunday that I think contained a Cackling Goose but the photo I took was taken through four sheets of glass (two doors) so it is not sharp. I haven’t decided whether or not to upload it yet.

One Response to “Bad photos – good birds”

  1. Shawnne says:

    I watched that Mourning Dove sitting on the tree above the lake; it appeared to be shivering. I wonder if it stayed around because of the food we offer the birds. We saw a Pileated Woodpecker today; we haven’t had very many so far this fall. I am hoping the cold winter temps bring them around more. We had so many when we lived outside of Randall. I miss our Randall home. However, living by a lake certainly has it’s advantages when it comes to observing birds.

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