Thursday, November 13

Northern Cardinal with a Bald Head

Caledonia Wisconsin

"In fall, we receive many inquiries about bald birds, especially Northern Cardinals and Blue Jays. In late summer and fall, when a bird molts, it usually grows and replaces all its feathers gradually, but occasionally a bird loses all the feathers on its head at once. The result is a very strange looking bald bird! Don’t worry--usually the feathers grow back just fine."
-Cornell's All About Birds

This fella did get his feathers back, but took a few months, his female stayed with him the whole time. Happy ending

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Wednesday, November 12

Friday, November 7

Dark-Eyed Junco

Petrifying Springs, Kenosha Wisconsin
The dark-eyed junco (Junco hyemalis) is the best-known species of the juncos, a genus of small grayish American sparrows. This bird is common across much of temperate North America and in summer ranges far into the Arctic. It is a very variable species, much like the related fox sparrow (Passerella iliaca), and its systematics are still not completely untangled.

Shot with a Canon 7Dmk II at ISO 2500,  F7.1 at 1/800sec

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Thursday, November 6

Northern Cardinal in the Park

Petrifying Springs Park, Kenosha Wisconsin
 The northern cardinal (Cardinalis cardinalis) is a North American bird in the genus Cardinalis; it is also known colloquially as the redbird or common cardinal. It can be found in southern Canada, through the eastern United States from Maine to Texas and south through Mexico. It is found in woodlands, gardens, shrublands, and swamps.

Shot with the new Canon Eos 7D mk II, ISO 1600 in JPEG(ugh, still waiting on Adobe RAW codec) and the 300mm f/2.8 L with a 1.4 TC.

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Monday, November 3

Blue Jay in Profile

Caledonia Wisconsin
The blue jay (Cyanocitta cristata) is a passerine bird in the family Corvidae, native to North America. It is resident through most of eastern and central United States and southern Canada, although western populations may be migratory. It breeds in both deciduous and coniferous forests, and is common near and in residential areas. It is predominantly blue with a white chest and underparts, and a blue crest. It has a black, U-shaped collar around its neck and a black border behind the crest. Sexes are similar in size and plumage, and plumage does not vary throughout the year. Four subspecies of the blue jay are recognized.

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Linwood Springs Research Station Owl Banding

Steven Point Wisconsin

Great Horned Owl

Northern Saw-Whet Owl

Long Eared Owl

The Linwood Springs Research Station (LSRS) is a raptor research station located in Stevens Point, Wisconsin. Each fall, the station conducts studies on migrant Northern Saw-Whet Owls are to gain information about their migration routes, molt patterns, mortality rates, and winter and summer ranges.
The station also studies Red-shouldered and Sharp-shinned Hawks. These are nesting ecology studies that are conducted annually to determine productivity, reoccupancy, natal dispersal, and nest site fidelity.
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Sunday, November 2

Horicon Marsh Fall 2014

Horicon Wisconsin
Trumpeter Swans

Tree Sparrows
 Downy Woodpecker

Snow Bunting

Sandhill Crane

Horicon Marsh is a marsh located in northern Dodge and southern Fond du Lac counties of Wisconsin. It is the site of both a national and a state wildlife refuge. The extinct glacial lake is the largest freshwater cattail marsh in the United States.
The Horicon Marsh is the largest cattail marsh, consisting of 32000 acres, in the United States.
Presently, the marsh is 32,000 acres (130 km2) in area, most of it open water and cattail marsh. The southern third, approximately 11,000 acres (45 km2), is owned by the state of Wisconsin and forms the Horicon Marsh State Wildlife Area, which was established as a nesting area for waterfowl and resting area for migratory birds. It is managed by the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources (DNR). Millions of waterfowl, including over 200,000 Canada geese, migrate through the marsh.
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