Our weather has been absolutely gorgeous - sunny and brilliantly clear - and COLD. This kind of weather is perfect for taking photos. So off we go on jaunts around the countryside.
First - a Bald Eagle high in a tree above its nest, even though nesting season is far away
Next - a Redtail Hawk - sitting patiently atop a power pole
This hawk landed in a brush pile near a bird feeder. I think it is a Cooper's Hawk
I was lucky that it was in a small opening in the brush pile
It then flew up into a tree but there were too many small branches to get a clear photo
In a green field, a Great Blue Heron
And nearby, Trumpeter Swans. We are seeing many more flocks of them this year than in the past years. This small group was chattering in the field
Two flew off over a nearby barn
It was definitely cold. Many of the harvested corn fields still have water from the recent flooding and it was still frozen in many areas at mid-day
This family didn't mind the cold - one was grubbing about for something to eat - making a sound like a waterfall in the mud and water - the other standing watch
Two parents - two young swans
As the swan got out of the water I said, "Flap your wings please" - and so he did. It was a grand day.