They’re back

Posted on March 16th, 2009 – 11:45 AM
By Jim Williams

In the past couple of days, birders in the metro area have reported Eastern Bluebirds, Eastern Meadowlarks (Sherburne National Wildlife Refuge), Common Grackles, Sandhill Cranes, Killdeer, Snow Geese, many species of waterfowl, including Green-winged Teal and mergansers, Great Blue Herons, Double-crested Cormorants, Brown-headed Cowbirds, Rusty Blackbirds, White-fronted Geese, Red-shouldered Hawks, Northern Harrier, Kestrel, Merlin, and Turkey Vultures. American Robins are everywhere, as are male Red-winged Blackbirds.( The males arrive first to claim breeding territories. Females will follow soon.) Pictured is a female Red-winged Blackbird carrying grass for her nest.red-wing-fem-nest-4362.jpg 

2 Responses to "They’re back"

Ginnyanne says:

March 21st, 2009 at 7:23 pm

Is it unusual to see albino Canadian geese? We were travelling along Highway 54 through the cranberry bogs last Thursday (just out of Wisconsin Rapids WI) when we saw a pair. They were in flight but landed and we were able to get a picture of them. Unfortunately, I didn’t have my good camera along but they are clearly visible in the photo. If this is not a common sighting, I’d be happy to post the picture (if someone can tell me how). Ginny

Kay Krhin says:

April 14th, 2009 at 4:46 pm

I just saw an enormous turkey vulture fly by my office window in Downtown Minneapolis. My co-workers didn’t believe me.
Thank you for the validation.

btw: Would that be considered a bad omen?