Monday, April 11, 2016

#Phenology: seeing a northern harrier, a bluebird and turkeys

Yesterday morning, for the first time this year, I think, we saw a small flock of turkeys, all hens, wander through the property. It's not clear what's been different about this past Winter, but prior years we've seen the big birds from time to time most of the year round. The past few months have also been unusually sparse in deer sightings too.

turkeys on display, early May
turkeys on display, early May
Photo by J. Harrington

On the other hand, yesterday, for the first time ever in Minnesota, I saw a northern harrier. The pale male with the dark wing tips tried to capture something (song bird or rabbit?) near our brush pile. Nature seems to be a lot like Zen, if you let go of your expectations and pay attention, you can usually find an opportunity to learn and enjoy.

female bluebird in pear tree
female bluebird in pear tree
Photo by J. Harrington

While I was inspecting the fruit trees for signs of bud opening, a female bluebird posed nicely long enough in the pear tree for her portrait to be captured, bringing a scosh of happiness to the photographer who wasn't expecting such cooperation.

The Bluebird
A winged bit of Indian sky
Strayed hither from its home on high. ❞



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