Changing Weather

Today’s weather was getting to be like people sometimes refer to as herring weather. Perhaps more strictly we would have needed to see more rain in the mix, as today was just mostly graupel and little bits of snow falling in sometimes heavy showers. Between showers the sun would shine, and throughout it all there … Read more

Northern Shoveler

It was a bit of a surprise to see a Northern Shoveler at Swan Lake today. It may be that two or three are in the area each winter, but they are not seen in most years along the road system. Although the lake was entirely frozen (with people skating on it), I imagine this … Read more

Mourning Doves

A couple of Mourning Doves showed up at Swan Lake today – as best I can tell, they were the first I’ve seen since September 2009, so it was nice to get a chance to note the differences from the increasingly common Eurasian Collared-Doves. After I got a call about their presence (thanks Lucy!) I … Read more

Young Red-winged Blackbird and Interesting Moth

I heard the young blackbirds were probably out of the nest, so I went down to Swan Lake and was able to get a picture of one before they flew out of range. This evening I noticed a moth flying out at the light that gave the impression of something different. It turned out to … Read more