Great Kiskadee, Alamo, Texas.
The day after Christmas we went to the wild bird feed store and picked up a sack of our favorite mix. Charlie, the cardinal, looked brilliant but lonely and hungry out by the fence in back, in the single digit temperatures, the frost and the snow. I did some catching up on my favorite nature blog, Backyard Biology, by my friend Sue (whose photo of an American Redstart I was privileged to use on my first book cover three years ago). She has shared her favorite non-Minnesota bird shots from the past year, also giving permission for me to share them with you.
Male Red-wing Blackbirds in Alamo, Texas.
Phainpepla, Tuscon, Arizona.
Gila Woodpeckers, Tucson, Arizona.
Magnificent Hummingbird, Santa Ridge Lodge, Arizona.
Cactus Wren, Tucson, Arizona.
Tri-colored Heron, Padre Island, Texas.
And my Painted Redstart, Portal, Arizona.
Happy New Year 2018 to feathered and non-feathered friends alike. Let’s hear it for protected habitats in the year to come.