This week has been a glorious week, the snow is melting and the temperatures are comfortable. I have resumed my weekly walks with wildlife. Welcome spring and more wildlife and plant life to point my lens at.
A short 15-second video that shows a picture of the ovenbird warbler and has the audio to hear what the bird sounds like.
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What the Ovenbird Looks Like:
They have olive-brown upperparts and white underparts heavily streaked with black; the flanks have an olive hue. A white ring surrounds the eyes, and a black stripe runs below the cheek. They have a line of orange feathers with olive-green tips running along the top of their head, bordered on each side with blackish-brown. The orange feathers can be erected to form a small crest.
The Coopers hawk in my garden, he enjoys parking himself on my deck rail or the neighbor’s fence and watching over the yard. The backyard feeder birds are an easy target for hawks, they will stand back and watch the songbirds eat their fill and then strike them in flight as they leave.
The calendar states it is spring in Wisconsin, so darn it, warm up already. Instead, we have 34-degree weather, with tiny, snowflakes drifting down from the sky every once in awhile. My teens are off for spring break and our family had decided between work schedules and additional commitments, we were staying home for spring break. This is not our family, is it?
Normally, we start looking for Eastern Phoebe in Wisconsin around March 12th. The weather has been pretty warm for this early in the season. It seems that many species of migratory birds I have been seeing anywhere from a week to three weeks ahead of schedule.
I’m in love with warbler birds! This is a yellow warbler bird feeding her young. If you want to read a little about warblers I have a few posts in the photography section. This one might be the best place to start.
The tree swallows have arrived back in Wisconsin. They normally arrive mid-March through first two weeks of April. I was out scouting yesterday to see what animals were coming out of hibernation or back for the season.
This month I thought I would change it up a little and give you something to look forward to each Friday. For the remainder of February, I will be posting a new bird that is at the feeder. This week’s Friday in February Dark Eyed Junco birds at the feeder.
You can findred-tailed hawks in every eco-system there is. This raptor will hunt down voles, mice, rabbits, birds, snakes, and squirrels. You can find them sitting high in trees and on telephone poles watching for motion on edges of fields. Once the hawk spots its prey it will swoop down and pick it up.
It is common to see red-tailed hawks visit a backyard because of the selection of feeding birds available.
If you would like to get a good feel for what the red-tailed hawk looks and sounds like, by watching the short 20-second video.
Eastern Phoebe in Wisconsin Eastern Phoebe in Wisconsin
Normally, we start looking for Eastern Phoebe in Wisconsin around March 12th. The weather has been pretty warm for this...