Friday, February 24, 2017

Finches on Ice

  From what I hear the forecast afternoon high for my old neighborhood today is expected to be in the upper 60's.  Not so here.  This morning I woke at 5 AM to flashes of lightning that accompanied a light rain.  I got up to the let the cat in and noticed the temperature was only 31 F which caused the rain to coat the trees with a glaze of ice..  After daybreak I was able to photograph goldfinches as they perched on my iced up oak tree.
    On Sunday I thought I heard Pine Siskins in the yard but was unable to locate them. Tuesday they came down out of the trees and hit the feeders.  Today they posed for photos.

  On Tuesday the local Red-shouldered Hawks were calling as they soared overhead

    Over the weekend last week I practiced astrophotography with the new camera with shots of the third quarter moon...
 ....and daytime planet Venus.


  1. Love those Pine Siskins which irrupt only occasionally to here in southeastern Minnesota...:)

  2. This is the third year that I've been in my house near Lake Michigan in mid-Michigan and I've seen them each winter. At my old house in the Detroit area I also saw them at least a few days each year. In '08 and '09 I had them even show up in June. They are charismatic little guys.