Magee Marsh along Lake Erie was a refuge for dozens of Palm Warblers on a windy, overcast spring day.
In the winter Golden-crowned Kinglets are scattered across most of the United States. Seriously. This rather serious looking little monarch is found from the Atlantic Ocean to the Pacific Ocean. Yet it’s still a truly rare treat to see one, since the kinglets are small and spend a great deal of time amongst tree branches. The above Kinglet was photographed at Magee Marsh along Lake Erie in Ohio.
A Northern Cardinal provides a splash of crimson amongst the gray woods and pale sunlight of December.
Slate gray skies melded into a misty horizon. Gusts of wind toyed with intermittent moisture. The birds did not care. They were gathered around our feeders; pecking or picking, squating or searching. While the weather was powerless to against the birds, the feeders cleared each time a Northern Harrier extended its search beyond the hay field to the west.
The below photographs are American Goldfinches, Downy Woodpecker, House Finch and a White-crowned Sparrow.
The feeders also welcomed the following species: American Tree Sparrow, Brown-headed Cowbird, Brewer’s Blackbird, Carolina Chickadee, Dark-eyed Junco, European Starling, House Sparrow, Mourning Dove, Northern Cardinal, Red-breasted Nuthatch, Red-breasted Woodpecker, Red-winged Blackbird, Song Sparrow, Tufted Titmouse.