American Goldfinch

Enjoy these photos of American Goldfinch on echinacea coneflowers and thistles.

Love fall!

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Can You Find the Animal?

It’s that time of year when cone flowers and thistles attract all kinds of animals.

Any guesses as to where and what it is?

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Petey the Pileated Woodpecker

One of my favorite birds is the pileated woodpecker and I was ecstatic to capture a few photos of this one that stopped by while we were eating lunch on the patio at Patrica Lake Bungalows, Jasper, Canada.

“Blurry Takeoff” is my favorite of the three photos.

Here’s Petey!

Blurry Takeoff
“Blurry Takeoff” – A pileated woodpecker takes flight from a birch tree at Patricia Lake, Jasper, Alberta, Canada.
Pileated Woodpecker
“Pileated Woodpecker” – A pileated woodpecker on a birch tree at Patricia Lake, Jasper, Alberta, Canada.
Getting Bugs
“Getting Bugs” – A pileated woodpecker getting bugs from the birch tree at Patricia Lake, Jasper, Alberta, Canada.

Tidy Tenants

Once the Chickadee baby birds left our bird house, I took a look inside and discovered they were a very tidy family. Not even an eggshell was left behind.

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If you look close, you can even see there’s deer fur in the soft nest they created for their baby chicks.

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And, let’s talk a little bit about poop. I did a little research on Chickadees and found out they are one of only a few birds that remove their waste in fecal sacs. Below is a photo I took after a few seconds after mom went into the house with food. She left with a fecal sac that one of the little baby birds prepared for her to remove from the bird house.

Hope you enjoyed the Chickadee photos and videos this past week!

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Empty Nest

Our Chickadee story ends with the baby in a nearby tree while the mom continues to talk to it, most likely encouraging it and watching over her baby chick.

Over several weeks, it was amazing to watch these Chickadee parents build their nest in our birdhouse, then feed their kids and eventually help them leave the nest.

Now that the Chickadees are gone, I sure do miss all the activity and have a few “empty nest” feelings myself.

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Baby Chickadee just after flying out of its nest.
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Mom in a nearby tree chirping at her baby.

First Flight

Finally, the baby Chickadee takes flight!

A little nervous at the beginning with a few false starts, and she jumps out bravely into her new world to explore.

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Encouragement

This little Chickadee is getting ready to leave the nest (or rather birdhouse in this case). However, it just isn’t quite sure…

You can hear one of the Chickadee parents encouraging it to fly for the first time – listen for the distinct “chick-a-dee-dee-dee.”

You’ll also hear a very loud Robin that sounds like “cheerily, cheer up.

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Feeding Time

There has been a lot of activity at the neighbor’s house… the Chickadee birdhouse, that is.

Here is one of the parents bring food and then quickly leaving.

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We Have Chickadee Babies (video – turn up the volume!)

A pair of chickadees created a nest in our backyard birdhouse and their babies are Very hungry!

You can hear them chirping inside as they wait for their parents to bring more food.

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Frost Nipped

On this Very Cold weekend (-20 to 0), we got a little frost nipped while looking for critters in northern Minnesota. We had hoped to capture a few photos of owls. However, the weather prevented us from being outside for very long.

Here are a few pics from our weekend getaway.

Grouse in flight
Grouse in flight
Pine grosbeak
Pine grosbeak
fluffed out chicakadee
Chickadee all fluffed out trying to stay warm
Pine grosbeak
Pine grosbeak on top of a pine tree
Common redpoll - male
Common redpoll
Wing Wisps
Wing tracks in the snow