Monthly Archives: January 2014

Dickcissel

Dickcissel You are certain to hear Dickcissels singing if you take a walk through the restored prairies in the summer. They are one of the most common birds in the grassland areas of the Prairie Garden Trust. This bird was … Continue reading

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Blue Jay

Blue Jay I used peanuts to lure this Blue Jay closer to my camera. Even though Blue Jays are supposed to find peanuts irresistible they were being very cautious. They kept eyeballing the nuts but they they hesitated. So I … Continue reading

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Downy Woodpecker

Downy Woodpecker The Downy is the smallest of the 7 different kinds of woodpeckers at the Prairie Garden Trust. I photographed this one this afternoon while taking a walk around Beaver Lake. It will checking out some old Black Willow … Continue reading

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Northern Cardinal

Northern Cardinal A cardinal picture from this morning at the Prairie Garden Trust. It’s supposed to get very windy later today so I got out early. To see a larger version click on the image.  

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Common Yellowthroat

Common Yellowthroat You are certain to hear Yellowthroats singing on walks at the Prairie Garden Trust during the spring or summer; it sounds like “witchety-witchety-witchety”. These warblers are very common at the PGT in the grasslands and anywhere with water.

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Kentucky Warbler

Kentucky Warbler Usually I find these beautiful warblers in the bottomland along Hiller’s Creek. They like to hide in shrubby thickets. That’s why I was surprised a couple of years ago when this one was sitting on a branch a … Continue reading

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Indigo Bunting

Indigo Bunting With the weather’s so cold that I’m spending more time on the computer than in the field. It’s gives me a chance to work up images that I’ve overlooked. For example here is an Indigo Bunting perched on … Continue reading

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Blue-winged Warbler

Blue-winged Warbler This is a common warbler in shrubby forest openings here at the PGT. They leave for the winter but should be back in mid-April. I found this bird near the family cemetery on the eastern edge of the … Continue reading

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Northern Cardinal

Northern Cardinal I went out this morning to get more cardinal pictures. It’s 45-degrees out and sunny. A perfect winter day. The forecast is for colder weather later in the week so I thought I’d better get outside now. Click … Continue reading

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White-throated Sparrow

White-throated Sparrow On my walk this morning I was hoping to see a White-crowned Sparrow. Instead I found this bird which is similar. One look will tell you why this bird is called the White-throated Sparrow. The sunlight brings out … Continue reading

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