Sunday, May 14, 2017

Congratulations to my nephew Jon!

He is graduating from high school today.  Very proud of him and excited for his future.  He is a big reason why I do this blog.
 

Sunday, May 7, 2017

Gray tree frog

My grass was really long in parts of my backyard.  This gray tree frog was not happy about being exposed when I mowed yesterday...




Friday, May 5, 2017

Tails or Heads

I'm trying a new spot for the trail cam.  Trying to get closer pics of coyotes.  These are from last night (the two pics of coyote about 2 hours apart)...

 

 
The rabbit lucked out by about an hour.

 


Wednesday, April 26, 2017

Bluebird

Well, Eastern Bluebirds are still around.  I haven't seen any for awhile but caught this one out my back window today.  In two of the pictures a House Finch joins in...

 





Tuesday, April 25, 2017

Cooper's Hawk

This is why I started my blog.  I knew I would have an opportunity to see some interesting things from my backyard.  This evening, I was standing at my back fence and a hawk caught my eye in the woods out maybe 30 yards.  I've seen a Red-tailed Hawk around but looking closely I saw the tail.  I knew I had either a Cooper's Hawk or Sharp-shinned Hawk.  Very similar but the tail is one way to tell them apart.  Here is what I saw initially...

 
Then it moved and I was able to get a clearer view and saw the size of the head and the shape of the tail...
 



 
Then it flew toward me which caught me by surprise.  It landed on a dead tree maybe 20 feet away from me.  It had its eye on something.  Here's what I was able to capture...

 
Here's a cropped photo that's auto-corrected
 
 
For more fun, here's a "touched up" image using an app I have...
 
 




 
Then it flew along the woods and turned sharply back into the woods and down near the ground.  I could see some movement...a small bird.  I also saw a Northern Cardinal in a thicket likely taking cover.  It flew closer to me but still near the ground (images not so great)...
 

 
 
Well, that was exciting.  Getting a fairly close picture of a Cooper's Hawk has been on my list.  I've been fortunate getting decent pictures of a Red-tailed Hawk.  Today I can cross this off my list and get to work on seeing something like an Indigo Bunting.
 
Here are two images from the internet to show how close the Sharp-shinned Hawk ("Sharpie") and a Cooper's Hawk are...
 
 
Sharp-shinned Left and Cooper's Right
 
 

Monday, April 24, 2017

Last day of the feeder for the "season"

I only put my feeder out in the winter and early spring.  When the oak tree starts filling in, the light is blocked and my view is blocked so my picture taking suffers.  The birds don't survive on my feed and I've realized I'm mostly putting it out to get pictures so time to put it away.

Today was a good day and a great way to end my feeder season.  Because it's the last day and my favorite bird, I will include all of the American Goldfinch pictures I got today on lunch...
















 
If you look closely at the back of the head, the yellow coloring is not all there yet.
  
I will probably try a thistle sock again in my front tree so stay tuned for that!