Wednesday, March 14, 2012

Wings on Wednesday...Harris's Sparrow

Wednesday, February 8, 2012

Wings on Wednesday...Monarch Butterfly

Wednesday, February 1, 2012

Wings on Wednesday...Barred Owl

This very cooperative Barred Owl was seen in December at Rocky Ford on the Manhattan Christmas Bird Count

Wednesday, January 25, 2012

Wings on Wednesday...Bald Eagle

Seen at Milford Lake on a cloudy January afternoon...

Wednesday, January 18, 2012

Wings on Wednesday...Snowy Owl in Kansas

The Winter of 2011-12 has seen a large invasion of Snowy Owls into areas where they haven't been seen in several years, this phenomenon is called an irruption. There have been dozens of reports here in Kansas to the delight of birders and non-birders alike...that is those lucky enough to see them. It's believed the cause for this Winter's irruption was a population boom of the owls this past breeding season due to an abundance of lemmings (Snowy Owl's preferred food). Since the mature owls aggressively chase juveniles from their hunting grounds many of the younger owls have headed south in search of food, far from their normal range in the Arctic regions. The owl in the photos was seen in Dickinson County Kansas, southwest of Abilene, on January 14th. Apparently it's been in the same area since early December, it was very tame and was unfazed by traffic on the road (in the third photo cars were passing by about 10 feet away). While several of the owls have perished, including one here in Washington County, this one seems to be a survivor, hope it makes it back home when Winter passes.

The owl seemed quite comfortable on top of a power pole

The owl sat only a few feet from the road as vehicles passed

As it sat in a milo stubble the owl squinted looking into the sun

Wednesday, December 28, 2011

Wings on Wednesday...European Magpie

Seen in Sweden in late August...

Wednesday, December 21, 2011

Wings on Wednesday...Eurasian Blackbird

Eurasian or Common Blackbird (Turdus merula) is a member of the Thrush family, related to the American Robin (Turdus migratorius). I saw these at Skansen on Stockholm's Djurgården Island in August.

Juvenile Eurasian Blackbird

Wednesday, December 14, 2011

Wings on Wednesday...Common Wood Pigeon

Stockholm, Sweden...August 28, 2011

Wednesday, December 7, 2011

Wings on Wednesday...Mute Swan

Sweden...August 2011

Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Wings on Wednesday...Goosander (Mergus Merganser)

Seen in Sweden on August 30th...