Monday, March 8, 2010

Eagles and More

Yesterday was a beautiful day so off we went to join the local Hawk Watch.
About 18-20 miles south-west of Morden is a beautiful valley,known to all around here as the Pembina Valley,because the Pembina River flows along it.
Every year at this time,this place draws people from all around and even as far away as Winnipeg and Brandon,to watch the hawk migration.
To learn more about this event and others like it across America go to:
Once at this site you can follow the links and find data on various Hawk Watch sites.
It is still early for our area,but the Eagles are beginning to pass through.
To watch a Bald Eagle soar in the blue sky is thrilling.
The numbers at the Pembina Valley are still low,but will increase as the days go by.
This was a first for me.I had never had the chance to photograph a Golden Eagle.
We saw one mature one,and another,which was too far away for pictures,an immature
If you ever have a chance to go to one of the Hawk Watch sites,you will not be sorry.
The people who are doing the counting are very helpful with identifying the birds,
and the sight of all these birds passing through is spectacular.
I guess we all need to come back down to earth,so here is a Horned Lark,one of our first spring arrivals.This was just down the road from town.
A walk through Livingston Nature Park in Morden is always enjoyable.
Who lives in the tree? This fellow loves trees.
No,he was not up on the previous tree,but he was in the Nature Park.
My last picture for today,this is a look down the creek.
In a few weeks this creek bed will be filled with water.

I will sing to the Lord,for He has been good to me.Psalm 13:6

21 comments:

  1. Your wildlife photos are very nice!

    I didn't know hawks migrate. We've had several red-tailed hawks around here all winter so I assumed they all stay here during the cold weather.

    I'd love to see a hawk migration. I guess I'll see what's happening in my area!

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  2. These are awesome Ruth! I, too, was ignorant to the fact that hawks migrate! Eagles too? Imagine that! They are always here, so I guess I just assumed that if they lived somewhere, they stayed put! Strange then, that we always have them... I am the first to admit that I am clueless about birds though. I just know they're pretty and that my friend Ruth can photograph them really, really well! :o)

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  3. I love the photos of the eagle and the hawk. Just fantastic!
    The squirrel is really a cute one too.

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  4. Have I mentioned your Header is just beautiful?? Very nice series of photos today. Love the angle of the tree shot.

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  5. Your photos are so beautiful! What an amazing event to watch! Gives me goosebumps just to think about it! I even love watching the geese in the fall and have already seen them on their return journey, but never hawks and eagles! I just worship our Creator who has put this instinct into everyone of His creatures!!

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  6. As always you have posted some very nice photos! We don't have many eagles here, but there are a few at some of the wildlife preserves. I hope to get to see and photograph one. Cute squirrel and pretty snow pix.

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  7. Beautiful pictures. I have seen two bald eagles here but I think they are ranging this way from White River and not nesting. They are so majestic.

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  8. Awesome pictures of the eagles, Ruth. I love the face on the little squirrel. What a cutie with the little button nose. I'm going to check out our area.

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  9. Hi Ruth - I've never seen a golden eagle - how awesome that you got a shot! I enjoyed that picture of the horned lark, too. I've been enjoying all of your posts. That tree is just so lovely!

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  10. That photo of the horned lark is quite special. They are so difficult to photograph. And a bird I would not usually see here in my neck of the woods.

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  11. Beautiful post Ruth! sorry I have been a bit scarce on commenting....hoping to catch up some this week.

    I LOVE the new look of your blog and LOVE the header!!

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  12. Omg Ruth, a golden eagle!! I have goosebumps just thinking about it, wow!! Congratulations on being able to observe and photograph such a magnificent bird!

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  13. Ruth, wonderful photos. Lov ethe eagles shots and the horned lark is a favorite of mine too.

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  14. Beautiful shots. I'm especially partial to the squirrel. I think they are a favorite of mine, I specifically put out feeders for them. And I am eager for spring to arrive.

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  15. Our snow has gone down so much with the warm sunny weather. Your pictures of the birds in flight are excellent as is your Horned Lark.

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  16. That little squirrel is so cute. What a nose! Always enjoy your photos.

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  17. Ruth: Nature is so beautiful, may I see the eagles flying this year.

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  18. What a lovely day you had and you got some wonderful photos as well. I have never seen a bald eagle here although I am told they are around. I was excited to see the first osprey in many years last summer but alas, it was too far away to photo.

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  19. I will sing unto the Lord...your post was beautiful. It's so nice to get out and see hawks, and Larks, and a creek bed soon to be bubbling with water. Very pretty Ruth. Have a great day!

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  20. That looks like a lovely way to spend the day! I am looking forward to spring migration, but most of the birds won't make it this far north for another month.

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