Eagles and an Early Spring

By , February 23, 2012 9:29 pm

Female Cardinal

Female Cardinal late in the afternoon

Here is a photo of the female Northern Cardinal. It is a common bird, but for some reason it only appears at our feeder station close to dusk. In the last few weeks the male has come around 5:45. The female seems less devoted to a schedule. This one was taken at 4:40 in the afternoon yesterday. This photo was taken through 3 layers of glass, so much of the resolution of a decent camera is ruined by the extra layers of glass.

In the years we lived in Randall, we would see our last Bald Eagle in December and then usually not see them until March.  For the last 2 Winters we have been in the rental house near Long Prairie, and we have seen them all through the fall and winter.   We have seen them 3 times in the last 2 weeks (twice while walking Sierra after work).  Unfortunately I have not had my camera when the Eagles have made their appearance.  I assume the warmer temperatures are driving the Eagle’s behavior.  When I lived in NJ, the Eagles would be visible in the Winter once the Northern water’s had frozen.   In Minnesota, I don’t know whether that is true. Certainly there isn’t much open water even if our weather is far warmer than normal.

Are we going to have an early Spring?  The temperatures are warm, as much as 8 degrees about normal, this year.  Some of the Chickadees are singing.   The Red-bellied Woodpeckers have been very active of late (not that I know what their activity means).

Below is a photo of a female Pileated Woodpecker. Taken through 3 layers of window glass.

female Pileated Woodpecker

female Pileated Woodpecker

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