Local Birds

November 22, 2017 (Facebook archive)

Mute Swans on the ponds at the Wolf Lake State Fish Hatchery

Today’s picture walk took me back to one of my favorite local spots, the Wolf Lake Fish Hatchery—not to photograph fish, of course, but birds. There are always birds of some sort or another swimming on the ponds or landing in the nearby trees and bushes—geese, swans, ducks, buffleheads, killdeer and, if I’m lucky, I’ll see a kingfisher or two. I was mostly happy with all the birds I saw—but many of them were too far away for really good pictures (or any pictures at all!) –especially the kingfishers and the buffleheads. 

Killdeer on the mudflats at the Wolf Lake State Fish Hatchery

I really wanted to get more than just the few pictures I had managed to capture at the fish hatchery, so I decided to head home– thinking I might have better luck ‘shooting’ birds from our back deck.  We live along a small creek with a well-established woods and there are always birds flitting back and forth from the trees to our feeders. Occasionally, there is even a great blue heron fishing in the creek.

Belted Kingfisher at the Wolf Lake State Fish Hatchery

The bird count today alone, while just standing on my back deck, included chickadees, nuthatches, juncos, red wing blackbirds, woodpeckers and cardinals–all enjoying a free lunch! These birds, while not particularly unusual or exciting, were plentiful and much easier for me to photograph than the elusive kingfishers and the camera-shy buffleheads at the fish hatchery.

Red wing blackbird in our backyard
Male cardinal waiting for a turn at our feeders
Female cardinal

Dark-eyed junco


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