Monthly Archives: February 2014

American Kestrel

  American Kestrel We did a controlled burn today on 40-acres of restored prairie at the PGT. Several raptors immediately appeared to check out the newly exposed rodents. This American Kestrel drove me nuts. It would only let me get … Continue reading

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Prairie Burn

The conditions were just right for a burn today. Our crew had already created excellent fire lines. They double-checked to make sure the humidity and wind just right. Then they set 40-acres of restored prairie grass on fire. A lot … Continue reading

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What do you do with an Armadillo?

Nine-Banded Armadillo I saw an Armadillo at the Prairie Garden Trust today for the first time. That is first record of one on the property since we moved here in 1970. What should I do with it? Is it to … Continue reading

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Cold Enough for Real Ice

Matt Barnes This seems like the coldest winter for a couple of decades. It’s so cold that we are getting real ice on the creeks, ponds and lakes. Often they might not freeze over; this year the ice is a … Continue reading

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Orchard Oriole

Orchard Oriole Baltimore Orioles are so flashy that Orchard Orioles are are often overlooked. I think they are equally beautiful; just not so “over-the-top”. I photographed this one a couple years ago near Cow Pond; about a 5-minute walk from … Continue reading

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Northern Harrier

Northern Harrier This Northern Harrier is driving me crazy. For the last couple of weeks I’ve been seeing it fly low over the prairie grasses around sunrise and sunset every day. When I try to get close to photograph him … Continue reading

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Harris’s Sparrow

Harris’s Sparrow It’s not often that I come across a new bird at the Prairie Garden Trust. I’ve lived here for 33-years and have seen most of the birds that occur on the property. Late this afternoon I noticed a dark-faced … Continue reading

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Blue Jay

Blue Jay A Blue Jay image from this morning. Once they figured out what peanuts are it was easy to get them to come in close to my camera. You can see in the background that the snow has not … Continue reading

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American Goldfinch Molting

American Goldfinch Goldfinches are one of our most common & colorful birds during the summer. The males have a brilliant yellow color that is set off nicely against white and black wing markings. During the early winter the birds are … Continue reading

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White-breasted Nuthatch

  White-breasted Nuthatch I photographed this bird during the snowstorm on Tuesday. Nuthatches often hang upside down or sideways as they work along tree trunks looking for food in the cracks of  bark. Chick on the image a couple times … Continue reading

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