Monday, November 19, 2012

Their goose is not cooked...


I'm finally re-visiting Duluth and Hawk Ridge.  These birds are captured, but they don't end up on the Thanksgiving table.  They are banded and released.  Their goose is not cooked!

A volunteer showcases a blue jay's feathers.  This is an exciting (I'm joking.  Most people don't like Jays) part of the Hawk Weekend Festival September 14-16.  www.hawkridge.org   It celebrates the Fall migration of birds with bird adoptions, among other events. In short, Hawk ridge is such a great spot for banding because the birds don't want to fly over Lake Superior as they migrate.  I don't blame them one bit. And for a small fee you can hold and release a captured bird.  Jays are free.  Just kidding.

 A young Flicker.  We see these woodpeckers on the ground in the Fall.




An alert Kestrel.  




Wasn't it fun to see their feathers from all sides? A brief demo and off they go.  Where migration will take them no one knows. 

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9 comments:

DJan said...

Beautiful pictures! And to have the bird in your hand, feeling its little heartbeat... I did that once a few years back during a hawk banding. Amazing! :-)

Christina Rodriguez said...

Why don't people like blue jays? I love the yellow wings of the woodpecker - so pretty!

Marilia said...

So beautiful photos!

Lisa @ Two Bears Farm said...

So beautiful. I'd love to see them up close like that!

Honest Abe said...

The hawk is small. A male coopers or sharp shinned hawk is about this size or maybe a bit larger. They land on my board fence. The boards are exactly 8 inches wide and a female is that wide but a male is closer to 5 or 6 inches wide. I saw the kestrel and it reminded me of that. Nice shots all.

My world of birds has been turned upside down this summer or past summer. It was so hot and dry here that birds never came or went somewhere else. I only had a handful of sparrows over the summer. In the early spring I had starlings and grackles until their young fledged and then they left.

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I met her when she took a writing class from me when I was still teaching.

Here is a link to her page on Amazon.com

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Thanks for stopping and visiting.

TexWisGirl said...

so very cool! love the flicker.

Linda Hensley said...

I like blue jays. Yes, they're bossy, but I think they're pretty blueness makes up for their noisy call. I get flicker feathers in my yard, but never knew what bird left them. I'm glad to know. Beautiful photos :)

Laurie said...

Beautiful, Sharon!

Serline said...

Beautiful birds! I love the pretty patterns on the feather.