Pileated Family in the Neighborhood

Tina and I had the pleasure this summer of seeing not 2 or 3 but four Pileated Woodpeckers in the woods behind our home.  Mom and Dad had 2 kids this season and we see one or two most days.  A female (not sure if it’s mom or daughter) stops by a peanut feeder...

Spring Birding

Enjoying our new backyard thru a May bird migration Golden-winged Warbler Baltimore Oriole American Goldfinch Downy Woodpecker Wilson Warbler Common Yellowthroat Ruby-throated Hummingbird Pileated Woodpecker Share this...

Golden-winged Warbler

Coffee on the deck watching a very active back yard.  A flash in the crab apple gets our attention. On closer look, we find not one but two Golden-winged Warbler peek a boo high in the crab apple resting from long flight resting from long flight eating crab apple...

Exploring Vadnais Lake Trails

Entering east trails view south to lake cattail marsh incoming stream east road disappointing sign mature pines wetlands 4 Trumpeter Swans Back of new home Tina and I hiked 5 miles today, exploring some of the trails surrounding Vadnais Lake.  We also detoured thru...

Fall Ducks arriving

Yesterday on a bike ride, I spun around Vadnais Lake to see if any of the fall flocks had started to arrive.  The south end of the lake at a couple of hundred ducks, but without binocs, I was unable to tell if it was more than Mallards.   Share this...

Christmas Bird Count 2014

Today was the 114th annual Christmas Bird Count.  St. Paul Audubon Society has been actively participating for decades and this was my 4th or 5th year.  After a cold morning exploring our ‘circle’ of parks and open spaces in St. Paul, I decided to add in a...