Sunday, April 20, 2014

American Goldfinch


Until leaves develop on the trees this goldfinch doesn't have much of a hiding place. It is in its molting cycle, with white plumage complementing the yellow and black feathers. You can read more about the annual plumage cycle of a male American Goldfinch on the Sibley Guides website.

Saturday, April 19, 2014

Robin and crabapples


There are quite a few crabapple trees around the park.  I used to wonder why the birds didn't eat all of the crabapples in the fall.  Then I realized they waited for the spring when there wasn't much else around until they chose to enjoy the "low hanging fruit". Perhaps the fruit ferments a bit over the winter months?

Friday, April 18, 2014

Wood ducks on Bassett Creek


Yesterday's snowfall made for a scenic backdrop for this lovely pair of wood ducks on Bassett Creek.

You can read more about wood ducks in a StarTribune article: "Wood ducks: Minnesota's most colorful waterfowl." 

Thursday, April 17, 2014

Pussy willows and geese


A sure sign of spring is the blossoming of pussy willows.  Despite unseasonably cold weather, it appears spring is coming.  Hopefully to arrive by Easter!

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Red-brested Merganser and Ring-billed Gulls


On a trip over to St. Paul I walked around Como Lake and enjoyed seeing a Red-brested Merganser and some Ring-Billed Gulls.