The following molting Tree Swallows were photographed along the famous “floating boardwalk” at Horicon Marsh National Wildlife Refuge. The trail can be found along the refuge auto tour loop and is a must for every visit to the marsh.
This Merlin (a falcon) was busy harassing a group of American Crows before he took a break in a tree and posed nicely for some photos. Check out the blood-stained feathers! The Merlin was in northwestern Winnebago County in northern Illinois at the eastern end of Moody Road.
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This is just too cute not to share. We brought Bella to the local Sonic drive-in and got her a vanilla ice cream cone. She is a huge fan of ice cream!!
At Horicon Marsh we observed hundreds of Great Egrets. In one view there were more than 20! This Great Egret was deeply concentrating on fishing and successfully made a double catch. ** View larger for more detail **
Sportsmen’s Migratory Bird Center – Biggest Week 2010 Great Horned Owl – Photo by Dakota
This is a video of “Piwi” the Kiwi who is undergoing rehab after breaking both legs. (Note: you may need to refresh to see the video.) From the Herald Sun Hat tip to Stacia for finding this one!!
A cool study: reprinted from The Ohio State University Research News. Written by Jessica Orwig COLUMBUS, Ohio – Normally, the brilliant red of a male cardinal signals to females that he is a high-quality mate. But that may not be true of cardinals living in urban areas, a new study suggests. Researchers found that the