An Eastern Bluebird sits atop a buried fiber optic cable along the BNSF A line in the Cedar Corridor.
A morning stroll around the lake.
I was out biking yesterday and this little guy was standing on the bike trail waiting for me. As I passed him, he hobbled off the trail and I realized he had a broken wing. I went back and he was back standing on the edge of the trail looking up at me. The wheels in my head started turning as to what to do and he just stood there looking at me. So I carefully picked him up, got back on the bike and headed home. As I rode with him carefully tucked up to me, every time I looked at him he just looked back up at me and sat quietly. I managed to get my bike back inside with the help of my neighbor Kelli.
I found a little box to set him in and he just sat quietly as I looked up the The Wildlife Rehabilitation Center of Minnesota; several friends have told me about it but I hadn’t been there before. They are just north of Hwy 36 on Dale in St. Paul. I hurried off to take him there and didn’t take a moment to take his photo until I got there, it just seemed wrong to stop and subject him to a photo session with the broken wing. So as I walked across the paring lot, I took this quick snap-shot. BTW, he didn’t seem to like being in the box and hopped out while I was driving, so he ended up back in my hand and looking at me.
The Wildlife Rehabilitation Center of Minnesota is an awesome place, they are nonprofit, donor-supported organization and the staff is very kind and helpful. I had to say goodbye to ‘Toothless’ as I took to calling him (Train Your Dragon reference), but he’s being taken care of and I can check in on him online.
So, if you find a wounded or orphaned wild animal, please visit the WRCMN website’s FAQ for instructions. And please make a donation too!
Common Goldeneye (Bucephala clangula, male) in flight over the Coon Rapids Dam. I recently visited the dam with Rob (northmetrophoto.com). He introduced me to several ‘regulars’ that morning who were all active birders. It was really nice to have a team who could identify everything that had feathers and a few more things too.
These guys are fun to watch, easy going, quiet and so recognizable! Spring is a fun time to go birding in Minnesota with all the interesting birds migrating through.
I found it odd to see a lone Snow Goose flying with the Canadians, Snow Geese don’t like to be alone, so I guess a pair of Canadians is better than nothing.
A bright spot of color in the chromatically muted post winter landscape of Minnesota.
Count’em, five Cedars enjoying berries while watching the sun rise over the lake.