First Of December In Western Kentucky

In Western Kentucky December is the month I consider winter really starting. Some time during the month the cold temperatures settle in. No so for the first day this year. A cool start around sunrise quickly warmed up. I finally caught an open shot of a female cardinal with some white feathering. Have seen the bird often but this was the first time I got a shot of the birds head in the open.

With low water levels and flow in the lake and at the rivers the eagles are not feeding over the water much. You might catch an eagle anywhere around the lake area now. I believe they wander further afield in search of food.

Changed my focus a bit yesterday and in the good light looked more for smaller birds. Caught one winter wren with upraised tail hunting insects in a swampy area. We only get these birds as the name states in the winter months.

A couple other interesting observations from yesterday. Saw a kinfisher carrying around a large fish. The bird never seeming to attempt to eat the fish. Might be as we are sometimes, the eyes are larger than the stomach. Every winter in one spot I watch a couple heron that always mix it up whenever they spot the other heron in the area. The two birds upon seeing one another try to chase each other off. It really appears that they just don’t like each other….

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Today’s Flashback Photo ” Barred Owl “

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2 Responses to First Of December In Western Kentucky

  1. What luck to find a kingfisher with a fish!
    Great shot of the blue jay. That one is hard to get.
    Interesting about the fighting herons!

    • Jim says:

      New Hampshire Gardener,
      Thank You. I forget to take bluejay shots sometimes, they are eye catching. For at least three winters have watched two heron go at it in this spot. May be different heron but they do use the same areas. Creatures of habit like us it seems…

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