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  1. November 28, 2020, Oakdale, MN, a suburb east of Minneapolis/St. Paul. Single-story townhouses surrounded by deciduous swamp.
  2. Minneapolis/St. Paul suburb, shore of a lake, October 6, 2020, about 8:30 a.m.
  3. August 18, 2020, about 9 a.m. Central time. Suburb east of Minneapolis/St. Paul. Homes and apartments surrounded by deciduous swamps.
  4. July 30, 2020, about 5 p.m. CDT, suburb east of Minneapolis/St. Paul, housing complexes surrounded by deciduous swamps. Looks beat up, leg, tail feathers. Didn't seem to have any trouble flying in though. Pardon the mediocre picture. It's a little over 100 yards away with a 400 mm lens.
  5. Thank you, Benjamin and Connor. I shot a catbird about 5 years ago not far from here and when I compare the pictures I see what I missed. There is just a hint of white at the throat of the old photos but not as much as here. Again, thank you.
  6. Suburb east of Minneapolis/St. Paul, houses, apartments and townhouse complex amid deciduous swamps. July 23, 2020, about 9 a.m. This one baffles me. About the size of a robin. Small, partial white necklace.
  7. April 25, 2020 in Maplewood, MN, a suburb east of Minneapolis/St. Paul. Dead limb in a cottonwood that holds a bald eagle nest. I don't know if there's enough showing for an identification.
  8. Am I looking at a juvenile bald eagle or hawk. April 24, 2020, about 5:30 p.m. Central time. Oakdale, MN, a suburb east of Minneapolis/St. Paul. Townhouse complex surrounded by deciduous swamps.
  9. Oakdale, MN, a suburb east of Minneapolis/St. Paul. Townhouse complex surrounded by deciduous swamps. April 24, 2020, about 9 a.m.
  10. Is this a female house finch? Perch outside a feeder. Among birds at the feeder are male house finches and goldfinches.
  11. I say the only thing I shoot is critters -- feeding, fighting or fornicating. I also know about getting spoiled. When I first started with digital in the early 2000s (I sporadically shot film before that. Going through my mother's albums to put them on the computer I wondered how I could have taken such a poor picture of our outhouse with the roof cropped off. Finally saw the white weasel in the bottom corner of the picture). I remember how excited I became when I saw a bald eagle. After a few years, a bald eagle dropped onto a snag on a pond where I was shooting waterfowl and
  12. That's on the to-do list. I live less than 5 miles from this shopping mall. A few years ago I shot an immature red-tail that I noticed from a lot of calling, which continued as I got into position to shoot and while I was shooting. My photos (motor drive) didn't show the subject with its mouth open at all. A naturalist who identified it for me said what I head was the resident adult saying get out of my territory. That was summer in the swamps. The next winter with the ponds frozen I tramped through the woods for a number of days but never found the nest.
  13. On the roof of a shopping center in Woodbury, MN, a suburb east of Minneapolis/St. Paul. There's a multi-lane Interstate freeway about a mile to the north, a multi-lane county highway a couple yards to the west. Surrounding area is mostly shopping malls and medical office buildings. A clerk at the Verizon store said the hawk had been hanging around most of the winter. Taken just after noon under bright sunshine. It was the fourth day in a row with temperatures near 40F and sunshine, rapid melt of fairly heavy snow.
  14. June 10, 2019, Maplewood, Minnesota, a northern Minneapolis/St. Paul suburb, over a soccer field surrounded by shopping malls, medical buildings, homes, swamps and ponds. I was shooting at an osprey nest and it wasn't one of the residents. These photos were taken about 1 minute, 15 seconds apart. There were no crows around for the second photo. At least one osprey was in the nest for both photos. Did not seem to react to the hawk.
  15. Lakeshore in a park in a Minneapolis/St. Paul suburb. April 23, 2019, about 10:30 a.m. There's a hint of a red crown.
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