Posts tagged “Winona

House Sparrows

House Sparrows, often much maligned, are tough charismatic little birds, great survivors, and attentive parents. This duo found an opening in the structure holding up a satellite dish and filled it with tiny sparrows who need a lot of food.

She pauses, vocalizing quietly, before entering with a mouthful of worms.

He arrives with more food and she exits over his head. These shift changes happened continuously the whole time I was watching.

She momentarily takes a well earned rest.

Many bird photographers struggle to keep any indication that humans exist out of their pictures. I’m very interested in the fact that some birds have adapted to the structures we’ve created. It is a part of their lives for better or worse. Sometimes they thrive as a result and sometimes they are challenged. I enjoy witnessing their behaviours and documenting them. I love a pretty picture and I think a pretty picture with a “hand of man” element is often just that much more interesting for the juxtaposition. I’m also a fan of all birds… invasive or not. Us griping about invasives is surely the pot calling the kettle… Birds are just trying to survive. We’ve stirred up the pot and are trying to deal with the oscillations we’ve set in motion. I’m not going to pretend that these aren’t important and serious issues… I’m just not going to harbor any judgement or animosity toward creatures that are just trying to make their way… even if that means they are nest parasites, or like to eat fledglings. It’s all interesting to me.

No Mixed Signals

A Red-winged Blackbird on alert in Winona, Minnesota. Nest defense is a high priority when your nest is two feet from a heavily used bike and walking path. I sat down and he settled down quickly. This is him launching an attack on an unsuspecting hiker.