New Birds for our Minnesota "Seen" list

Tina and I spent the day birding along the Mississippi River. We drove and hiked at various access points that we could find between Shepard Rd and Newport, MN. The best viewing spot was in South St. Paul along the river where the Pigs Eye Power Plant discharges...

Killer in the front yard

This morning, while drinking coffee, a new visitor landed in the yard, checked out the options, nabbed a sparrow out of mid-air and flattened him on the driveway. He then proceeded to fly off to the neighbors to eat breakfast. First time we have seen a Sharp-shinned...

Bulking up for the cold

Mom and Dad Pileated once again visited the back yard. Temps are dropping so all of the birds are eating more than usual and the yard is full of activity. We also believe that we spotted 2 females on our walk this am, so we may have 2 females keeping our male busy....

Male Pileated Visits

The male Pileated finally showed up this morning.  He spent a few minutes playing in the yard, then pushed the female away from a hole she was working on before flying off.  She went back to the hole for a few more minutes and then left.  Great fun to finally see the...

New backyard visitor

Several days ago, a pair of pileated woodpeckers visted our back yard. This weekend, the female started several days with a breakfast of peanuts on our upper deck. Due to her size, I have now swapped out the feeder for a larger peanut feeder to give them a bit more...

Owls nesting in Brewsters backyard

I visited KC this past weekend and was treated to a family of owls nesting in a friends back yard. Mom, Dad and 2 owlets? were perched about 30 feet off the ground and simply cocked their heads to watch us. Great fun