Nature Studies: Birds

This is my final post in my photo series from the Minnesota Valley Nature Preserve, and it’s for the birds!

I don’t remember when my fascination with birds began, but I do remember watching David Attenborough’s LIFE OF BIRDS on PBS 15 years ago, eyes wide with wonder. Each week, I tuned in for the next episode of the nine-part series. That was before television had its digital transition, there was no such thing as TiVo or Netflix, and my internet connection was via dial-up. It’s hard to imagine that world anymore.

At the time, I was shocked by what I watched. Those amazing birds could be some nasty little buggers. But there is also beauty and endurance that you can’t imagine.

Now I look for birds all the time. Living in Minneapolis, I feel fortunate that there is such a wide variety – you just have to watch for them. Earlier this week, I saw an eagle roosting in a tree on my way home from work. Red-Tailed Hawks are a regular fixture on light poles along the freeway and the Ruby-Throated Hummingbirds went right through my yard on their migration last fall. I’m an equal opportunity observer with birds, the Black-Capped Chickadee is one of my favorites and Nuthatches make me laugh with the weird little sound they make. I hadn’t realized how many birds were in my urban backyard until I started to look, I encourage you to take some time to look yourself.

Here are some of my shots from the nature preserve:

eagle
We guessed that this was a juvenile bald eagle, are we right?

chickadee
Incognito. (Black-Capped Chickadee)
crow
Crow (and fish casualty)
woodpecker
Red-Bellied Woodpecker
chickadee (1)
Black-Capped Chickadee
cardinals
Brotherly love. (Male cardinals)

chickadee

turkeys
Wild Turkeys

And my personal favorite, the squirrel photo bomb:
cardinals

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