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Snow Bunting

Friends, well our small snowstorm of fall has now disappeared, but the snow buntings have arrived to tell of more snow to come, I love the flocks of these birdies and we see them from now until spring.  Hawk Ridge will be closing down their educational branch on Oct 31, but counting will probably continue thru November.  Sad to see them go, til Tomorrow MJsnow bunting 2013


Foxy Sparrow

fox sparrowFriends, not sure of the identity of this birdie, i think maybe a fox sparrow, but not sure.  He was busily eating seeds at the Hawk Ridge feeders.  No raptors were close by, so i guess he was safe.  What is he? tip Tomorrow MJ

ps Tom please call me


Flying Above Me

bald eagle in flightFriends, this mature bald eagle flew over my lawn chair while i was sitting on hawk ridge waiting for the raptor migration. This was a wonderful warm sunny day and now the weather has changed to cold, snow and wind.  Maybe we will get a very short Indian summer to enjoy the end of the raptor migration.  til Tomorrow MJ


Cooper Blur

cooper flight33Friends, this Cooper’s Hawk is still protesting his capture and banding, or maybe the loss of a feather, floating in the lower middle of this image.  Hawk Ridge is an exciting place to be in the fall, lots of birds migrating and some are caught, banded, adopted and released back into the wild blue yonder. But I have a question, is this a pleasing blur?? til Tomorrow MJ


Hawk Eye

sharpshinned hawk hyFriends, this sharp-shinned hawk is looking for prey as he cruises above. Actually this image is the result of a little Photoshop magic.  His bright yellow  eyes tell us that he was a baby this spring and is a hatch year bird.  When he is grown, his eye color will shift to orange and then to red.  His beautiful chocolate coloring will shift to gray, oooo I could use some chocolate for breakfast, til Tomorrow MJ


The Smallest Falcon

kestrel peekFriends, this amazing little bird is our smallest falcon, the Kestrel.  This female was captured and banded at Hawk Ridge, then released back into the wild on a windy cloudy day.  til Tomorrow MJ


Annoyed or Angry

older cooperFriends, this mature Cooper Hawk was captured and banded last fall at Hawk Ridge in Duluth Minnesota.  He looks angry but his hackles are raised cause he is a little annoyed with being restrained while the educators talk about his natural history.  Someone will have a chance to adopt him and release him back into the wild.  I think this is my favorite photo from last fall at Hawk Ridge. Do you like? til Tomorrow MJ


Run Mouse Run

redtail chaseFriends, I think this is what a mouse sees just before the red tailed hawk grabs him.  I am going thru my images of last summer and editing for a book on Hawk Ridge Migration and this image of a red-tail hawk spoke to me, it speaks of wildness and freedom.  Minutes after the educator had shown the audience his tail, this bird was released back into the wild.  Hope you like him. til Tomorrow MJ


Second Summer Sharp Shin Hawk

2 yr sharpieFriends, this is a second summer sharp shinned Hawk who has been captured, banded and after this image was taken, was release back into the wild blue yonder.  He has changed from his first year coloring when the eye is bright yellow, the breast feathers show a vertical orientation, and the top of his head was brown rather than the gray in this bird.  He is a survivor and is migrating south over Hawk Ridge in Duluth Minnesota.  The migration is starting and I will soon be able to show you new images of migrating birds.  til Tomorrow MJ


In your face

broadwing hawkbwFriends, this small hawk is the Broadwing Hawk, one of several species that pass over Hawk Ridge in fall migration.  I am practicing my black and white conversions, how do you like? til Tomorrow MJ


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