Winter Robins

Robins are kind of mystery. Sometimes they migrate and sometimes they do not. In my winter observations here in Lawrence, I will sometimes not see any in town, but see large groups out at the lake. They are kind of nomadic in the winter. They do not eat birdseed, but go where the winter berries are, and according to my bird books, stay until the berries are gone. My lone robin friend was outside for raisins about every day last week. I worried about him when the temperature dropped and took raisins out to him every time he appeared at the window. Yes! He knows to hang out on the feeder pole on the patio to get my attention. He even comes up by the car when I pull in the driveway or open the garage. I totally believe we communicate on some level. I should say, I know we communicate. The first day of the extreme cold, he was still coming, but did not seem to be doing too well. He seemed lethargic and I saw him kind of stagger under the brush pile we have in the backyard (for the purpose of cover and warmth for neighborhood wildlife). The next morning, when it was three below, he was nowhere around and I was sure he did not make it. This morning, there he was, on the patio waiting for raisins. I saw him one more time a little later on a tree in the front of the house, with a lady robin. When it started snowing, they were gone and I have not seen them since. I am fascinated by where he goes that he is gone a day or two, then back again looking great. My theory is he goes with the group when getting unfrozen water is difficult. Otherwise, he is here ready for raisins and ready to take up his territory for spring.

I did not have my camera with me the last time I saw him, but this one is from one early morning a couple of weeks ago.

robin at bird bath

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Bald Eagle Time

Warm weather and open water are making trips to the lake pretty wonderful right now. Bald eagles seem to be everywhere and I am still hearing snow geese coming over early in the morning. Click on pictures to enlarge.

Bald Eagle

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Bald eagle

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Deer and Turkeys

I am so happy to see so many deer and turkeys this fall. They seem to be everywhere the last couple of weeks. Seeing them foraging together a few times was a nice treat. Click on pictures to enlarge.

Turkeys

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Turkeys

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Deer and turkey

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Deer

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Deer

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Deer

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Deer

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Deer

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And one lone turkey vulture. They will be leaving soon. I always miss their beautiful soaring, their kettles.

Turkey vulture

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Osprey

The osprey are another favorite as they pass through in the fall and spring. If you have never seen one dive into the water, it is pretty spectacular. I do not often get so many good looks, so this was a super fun weekend. Click on pictures to enlarge.

Osprey

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Osprey

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Osprey

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Osprey

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Supermoon lunar eclipse

It was fun sitting outside last night and watching the eclipse. Click on pictures to enlarge.

Supermoon

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Supermoon

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Supermoon

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Supermoon

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Supermoon

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Supermoon

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Supermoon

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This morning.

Supermoon

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Bees, hummers, and orioles

I imagine many of you are wondering where all the hummer photos are. The bees have been very busy at both the hummer and oriole feeders over the last few weeks, so I have been avoiding sitting nearby. For whatever reason, and it may have something to do with preparing for fall, the bees pretty much leave the feeders alone all summer, and then do some serious eating in August. The orioles, hummers, and bees seem to coexist pretty well and everyone eats eventually. I put out a small test-tube feeder every morning that the bees drink from, so that helps. Click on pictures to enlarge.

RT Hummingbird

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RT Hummingbird

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RT Hummingbird and bee

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Baltimore Oriole

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Baltimore Orioles

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