Monday Morning Spring Snow

Last week we had temperatures around 50 – 60 degrees F. Snow was pretty much gone. But today we got one more taste of the beautiful winters here in Wisconsin.

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The Footbridge

Robin in Snow

What’s going on?

Snow Skeleton

Snow skeleton?

Picnic Table Icicle

I saw a family having a picnic here last week.

Swan River (with a goose)

They showed up in the morning and stayed all day.  There were 5 geese at one point and a few ducks.  The swans never moved as I went out on the dock to shoot these pictures.  The goose was a little wary and that’s the shot of him alerting.  He took off after that but returned shortly after that.  It was a great day out there, I probably took over 300 shots.  Please click on the picture to see just how gorgeous they are.

59/365 – December 21 2013 – A Bird Morning

With my eyes barely open, I saw the birds busy outside the kitchen window this morning.

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I’m not sure but I think these are Morgansers.  They dive for food and seem to like it right in front of the dock.

 

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There were a half dozen of these guys flying around.  Noisy, but pretty.

 

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The chickadees are always out there but today had to wait until the Bluejays flew off.

 

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I had to look up his name as all I knew him as was a woodpecker.  He is an adult male Hairy Woodpecker and we have them year round.

 

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And of course in midst of it all, the local pileated showed up.  I couldn’t get a great shot of him so I am adding a shot from a month ago.

 

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Always entertaining to watch him on the feeder.

 

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This is a Northern Cardinal and a big, wonderful surprise.  It’s been a long time since I’ve seen one.  I looked it up and they do not migrate.  Also states that a male will fiercely protect it’s territory and will fight itself if it sees it’s own reflection.  Well, that was my morning!!