Sunday, April 29, 2012

More Arrivals At The Vermilon River. A Post to MWT and WBW.

The post is long today, even longer than usual, as there is a lot going on. The scenes are from the east track wetland, which is divided in two by the portion of the active track that ultimately becomes a trail. If we continued along the track, we would reach the beaver pond I showed in a previous post. The sun rising is from Boom's early morning walk. CLICK ON ANY PHOTO TO ENLARGE AND WATCH THE SLIDE SHOW.
North Side Of  the Wetland.

South Side showing active Track

South Side of Wetland.

Sun Rising through trees.

 I haven't seen any geese for a while, as the weather, rain, snow and high winds precluded our hiking some of the trails. They, the Geese, leave the River when it goes into flood  heading for the wetlands. This pair came out of the wetlands and settled on the fringe area, forcing us to pass them. I hate doing that as they can be quite contrary.

 You'll see all sorts of weather  in the photos. In fact, its hard to believe that all the photos were taken in the last five days. But the male Purple Finch looks good in the snow, if not too happy. In my experience there are usually some females around with a male. And there were.
Male Purple Finch.

 I think the female Purple Finch is equally resplendent, especially with those eye markings.
Female Purple Finch.

 Of course trying to pick her out is sometimes difficult as these shots of the Pine Sisken that has similar markings show.
Pine Sisken

Pine Sisken 

The Sparrow migration is coming along well. As time moves on these Dark-eyed Junco's will leave and head further north.
 Junco's belong to the Sparrow family.
I put all the Sparrows in the same area. This is a Song Sparrow.
Song Sparrow.

The White-throated Sparrows have really moved in. They're among the smallest and have that yellow patch on their heads. It really show in the next photos.
White-throated Sparrow.

 A lot of photos, but they're favorites of mine.



 I grouped  the Raven along with his relative the crow. The crow is Huegy, of course, and he is not too happy with the rain. Boom & I looked about the same when we came in out of the rain.
A Very Wet Crow.

Northern Crow.

The Red-winged Blackbirds are really active in the wetlands.
All these shots are of male Red-winged Blackbirds.

 This shot struck me as funny. They're tree swallows just fooling around.
Tree Swallow

Tree Swallow.

 The next two are Alder or Least Flycatchers. Least, I think as there is a touch of yellow under the tail area.

 The Northern Flickers are back. They're a ground Woodpecker that feeds on ants. This is a male as the mustache indicates.
Male Northern Flicker

Northern Flicker.

These guys are illusive, but its a male Yellow- bellied Sapsucker. The red bib shows he's a male.
Sap Sucker in Flight.

Red Squirrel

A post to MWT @ and WBW @