Our favorite time of year

By , May 5, 2013 10:22 pm
Redheads with Blue-winged and Green-winged Teals 5/2/13

Redheads with Blue-winged and Green-winged Teals 5/2/13

The Winter is finally over, really really really over. It is our favorite time of the year, the Spring Migration. Fall is fun but Spring is easier because we aren’t trying to identify green or brown birds hiding behind green or brown leaves.  The migration is picking up.  Since our last post we had ducks coming through.  Our lakes are still frozen so the ducks were all in temporary ponds that are created from the Spring snow melt.   We have seen some ducks that we hadn’t seen before in Minnesota.  Last Thursday we saw  a large group of Redheads in one of the ponds.  In the same ponds we saw both Teals and the American Wigeon.

The Sparrows are still coming in.  Since our last post the White-crowned and Lincoln’s Sparrow have come in. They were still here as this evening. We only await the Harris’s Sparrow to have all the Zonotrichia (at least all that come to MN). Our short local bird runs are becoming more fruitful every day. Just yesterday we saw a Savannah Sparrow and a Red-shouldered Hawk (but no photos, sorry). Shortly we expect a rush of Warblers, Vireos and everything else.

White-crowned Sparrow 5/5/13

White-crowned Sparrow 5/5/13

Lincoln's Sparrow 5/2/13

Lincoln’s Sparrow 5/2/13

Sapsucker 5/5/13

Sapsucker 5/5/13

Yellow-rumped Warbler 5/5/13

Yellow-rumped Warbler 5/5/13

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