Birding in Kansas City

Tina and I visited Kansas City over the Christmas week.  Due to the snow storm that hit the Midwest, we didn’t visit Squaw Creek as planned, but stayed close to home.  We did see 19 species visiting the bird feeders in my folks back yard.  Two of the...

Long-tailed Duck

Minnesota birders have been enjoying sightings of this Arctic duck along the Mississippi River.  Formerly known as Oldsquaw, the Long-tailed Duck breeds in the Arctic and winters along both coasts of North America. It is distinctive among ducks in plumage, molt...

Thursday Flight Crew

After flying a Red-tailed Hawk this morning, I stuck around the Raptor Center to watch Terry and Gary fly a couple of Bald Eagles in Como Park.  Both birds are getting ready to be released. More pictures of the launches and flights are posted on Picasa at:...

Bald Eagle Rescue

On December 8, 2009, the Raptor Center received a call from local Hastings business man, Harry Meier, Eckhart Vacuum, 1631 Oak St. Harry reported that he had seen a downed eagle south west of town and that it did not seem right.  The bird was within 50 yards of...

Trumpeter Swan on Vadnais

Sunday, we counted 36 Trumpeter Swans on Vadnais lake, along with 100’s of ducks. “The largest of North American waterfowl, the Trumpeter Swan is resident throughout much of its range, but migratory in other parts. Its was reduced to near extinction by the early 20th...

Flight crew @ the Raptor Center

Every Thursday, I volunteer at the Raptor Center on one of the flight crews helping with the physical conditioning of recovering raptors, exercising the birds and assessing their abilities as they regain their flight skills. This usually means catching a wild hawk or...