A Peaceful Day

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Today’s Flashback Photo

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First Of December In Western Kentucky

In Western Kentucky December is the month I consider winter really starting. Some time during the month the cold temperatures settle in. No so for the first day this year. A cool start around sunrise quickly warmed up. I finally caught an open shot of a female cardinal with some white feathering. Have seen the bird often but this was the first time I got a shot of the birds head in the open.

With low water levels and flow in the lake and at the rivers the eagles are not feeding over the water much. You might catch an eagle anywhere around the lake area now. I believe they wander further afield in search of food.

Changed my focus a bit yesterday and in the good light looked more for smaller birds. Caught one winter wren with upraised tail hunting insects in a swampy area. We only get these birds as the name states in the winter months.

A couple other interesting observations from yesterday. Saw a kinfisher carrying around a large fish. The bird never seeming to attempt to eat the fish. Might be as we are sometimes, the eyes are larger than the stomach. Every winter in one spot I watch a couple heron that always mix it up whenever they spot the other heron in the area. The two birds upon seeing one another try to chase each other off. It really appears that they just don’t like each other….

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Today’s Flashback Photo ” Barred Owl “

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Last Day Of November

The last day of November was overcast for most of the day. Not a lot of action. Only a light jacket required. The lake and river are low with very few fish surfacing for the birds to eat. Even the gulls have thinned out to a very few. The bird activity below the dams and on the lakes almost nil. Checked a few eagle nest locations with no activity observed. Saw a few ducks and a large flock of geese early. Only caught a few Hooded Mergansers in the afternoon. A few eagles were perched along the river. Not a one made any attempt to catch a fish. They headed off the river early going to roost I thought.¬† Supposed to get to around freezing in the morning, the first of December. Expect the activity to be slow again. We shall see…

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Today’s Flashback Photo ” Black Crowned Night Heron “

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Wednesday Morning Captures

Moved around a lot Wednesday morning. Did not see much out of the ordinary. All the heron I saw were standing around on one leg. I took that as a sign that the wildlife were resting today. So I headed home.

It is always surprising how many more hawks I see in the winter months with the leaves off the trees. Stayed home in the afternoon and chopped up the leaves on the lawn. The maples in the front yard now bare. Saw my first dark eyed junco in the yard another sign of winter.

Enjoyed the end of a warm afternoon by sitting on the back porch sipping coffee. It won’t be long till the cold of winter settles in…

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Today’s Flashback Photo ” American Kestrel “

 

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Less Active Day

The temperatures once again got up in to the sixties yesterday. It seemed like the wildlife activity slowed down as the day warmed up. I did have several chances for ducks coming in to land early. Was not happy with the job I did capturing it. Will keep trying…

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Today’s Flashback Photo¬† ” Red Shouldered Hawk “

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