These shots are for those of you who think I've given up on bird and nature photography. Not so! I will always enjoy it. Although I have gotten rid of much of my Canon gear, I have kept two bodies and a few of my favorite lenses. The following photos were taken this summer at Springbrook. Show More Summary
Early morning at Springbrook Nature Center, Fridley, MN
The male Red-winged Blackbirds have returned to Springbrook, though in small numbers. Mallards are looking for likely nesting spots. "Yes, I think this will do very nicely!" Canada Geese also nest at Springbrook. Territory must be defended at all times. Where are these invisible boundaries? "Move!!!" "That's better!"
With yesterday's temp hitting 60 again and the sun being out most of the time, I headed out to Springbrook Nature Center to look for signs of Spring. All of the photos below (except the last one & the closeup of Pussy Willows) are from my iPhone. I love this place for a number of reasons, the first being it's only 15 min. Show More Summary
During the last two weeks I visited the Springbrook Nature Center several times. I hadn't been there since spring and it was encouraging to see a number of improvements under construction, the most obvious being a boardwalk along the north boundary of the Center. Show More Summary
Monday I returned to Springbrook Nature Center, having been absent since early summer when I was driven out by hordes of mosquitoes. And now, here it is, fall.Many of the summer birds are already gone -- but, of course, we still have ducks.Yes, Mallards are a common bird -- but ain't they neat?
This morning Alex & I were left to fend for ourselves. What to do? Go to Springbrook Nature Center, of course. Every Saturday morning at 10 a.m. you can observe the feeding of the animals!Alex wasn't too sure about this boa constrictor approaching him.But when the attendant picked it up, he wanted to touch it. Show More Summary
Continuing on my Springbrook Nature Center walk from Monday, here's yet another post from that night. (I've got one more post after this... just in case you were wondering.)The Rose-breasted Grosbeak (in my opinion) is one of the prettiest birds around. Show More Summary
Here's the last post from Friday's trip to Springbrook. I have a friend that likes shots with reflections so here are a couple shots with reflections that I thought turned out nice:Mallard:Canada Goose:
The Yellow-rumped Warblers were most abundant around the water, I'm guessing this was due to the larger supply of bugs. I watched them spend time swooping towards the surface of the water and then back up the cat tails. It was a behavior...Show More Summary
I stopped by Springbrook Nature Center today after work and saw a fair amount of birds: Brown Thrashers, White-throated Sparrows, Yellow-rumped Warblers, Palm Warblers, and Rose-breasted Grosbeaks as well as a number of other birds. I'll post some more of the shots from this evening over the next couple of days. Show More Summary
I was so happy with my visit to Springbrook Tuesday morning, I decided to hit Wargo in the afternoon. I hadn't been there yet this year. One thing that had kept me from going was the substantial construction work in the area; you c...
I was at Springbrook this morning and I have never seen so many Yellow-rumped Warblers at one time in one place; if you want to see them, go now! (pictures will follow) This afternoon I'm heading to Wargo Nature Center; this will b...
First, the bad news:While at Springbrook last week, I discovered that one of my favorite places to look for warblers and Goldfinches has been leveled to make room for this pipe line on the West side of the Nature Center. Trees and s...