Winter Mornings Prelude

New snow at sunrise, February 2, 2015, "Winter Mornings Prelude."

New snow at sunrise, February 2, 2015.

I have been on a Bald Eagle watch this winter. It started on Christmas morning. After running, I went to the park next door to photograph the sunrise. There were two large birds in the cottonwood tree at the eastern edge of the park. The light was dim and I was far away. I didn’t realize until I looked at the photos later that they were Bald Eagles. I was surprised and excited! I had to go back at sunrise the next day. I stood watch in the field near the cottonwood tree for all but a few mornings from December 26th to February 23rd. The Bald Eagles visited the tree several times during those weeks.

Each morning after waiting for the eagles, I walked around the park. There were Cardinals, Nuthatches, Song Sparrows, American Tree Sparrows, Chickadees, a Northern Flicker, and Red-tailed Hawks to keep me company. Twice, a Red-tailed Fox raced across the park. It snowed. Ice crystals sparkled in the morning light. The snow weighed down the grasses on the hill and the reeds in the marsh. I have many photos to share from the walks. This is the first of 6 or 7 posts. The first three are the February photos. Then, it will be back to Christmas morning.

February 2nd, 2015

Ice crystals at sunrise, February 2, 2015, "Winter Mornings Prelude."

Ice crystals at sunrise, February 2, 2015.

Ice crystals at sunrise, February 2, 2015, "Winter Mornings Prelude."

Ice crystals at sunrise, February 2, 2015

A Song Sparrow at sunrise in the marsh, February 2, 2015, "Winter Mornings Prelude."

A Song Sparrow at sunrise in the marsh, February 2, 2015.

A House Finch singing at sunrise, February 2, 2015, "Winter Mornings Prelude."

A House Finch singing at sunrise, February 2, 2015.

A video clip of the House Finch singing at sunrise, February 2, 2015.

February 4th, 2015

A squirrel hiding behind a tree in a snow storm, February 4, 2015, "Winter Mornings Prelude."

A squirrel hiding behind a tree in a snow storm, February 4, 2015.

An American Tree Sparrow in the marsh during a snow storm, February 4, 2015, "Winter Mornings Prelude."

An American Tree Sparrow in the marsh during a snow storm, February 4, 2015.

A Song Sparrow in the marsh during a snow storm, February 4, 2015, "Winter Mornings Prelude."

A Song Sparrow in the marsh during a snow storm, February 4, 2015.

February 5th, 2015

The sunrise viewed from the top of the hill on a cold and clear morning, February 5, 2015, "Winter Mornings Prelude."

The sunrise viewed from the top of the hill on a cold and clear morning, February 5, 2015.

The moon setting in the western morning sky, February 5, 2015, "Winter Mornings Prelude."

The moon setting in the western morning sky, February 5, 2015.

A Song Sparrow in the snow, February 5, 2015, "Winter Mornings Prelude."

A Song Sparrow in the snow, February 5, 2015.

A Song Sparrow looking for seeds in the snow covered grasses, February 5, 2015, "Winter Mornings Prelude."

A Song Sparrow looking for seeds in the snow covered grasses, February 5, 2015.

February 6th, 2015

Black-capped Chickadees, February 6, 2015, "Winter Mornings Prelude."

Black-capped Chickadees, February 6, 2015.

A Blue Jay looking for insects in a tree, February 6, 2015, "Winter Mornings Prelude."

A Blue Jay looking for insects in a tree, February 6, 2015.

A video clip of the Blue Jay looking for insects in a tree, February 6, 2015.

February 7th, 2015

The sunrise viewed from the top of the hill, February 7, 2015, "Winter Mornings Prelude."

The sunrise viewed from the top of the hill, February 7, 2015.

A video clip of the sunrise viewed from the top of the hill, February 7, 2015.

A Song Sparrow in the marsh, February 7, 2015, "Winter Mornings Prelude."

A Song Sparrow in the marsh, February 7, 2015.

A female White-breasted Nuthatch searching for food in a tree, February 7, 2015, "Winter Mornings Prelude."

A female White-breasted Nuthatch searching for food in a tree, February 7, 2015.

A video clip of the Nuthatch searching for food on a windy morning, February 7, 2015.

February 8th, 2015

American Tree Sparrows picking up bird seed on the path next to the trees, February 8, 2015, "Winter Mornings Prelude."

American Tree Sparrows picking up bird seed on the path next to the trees, February 8, 2015.

Blue Jays, February 8, 2015, "Winter Mornings Prelude."

Blue Jays, February 8, 2015.

February 9th, 2015

A Black-capped Chickadee on a cloudy morning, February 9, 2015, "Winter Mornings Prelude."

A Black-capped Chickadee on a cloudy morning, February 9, 2015.

February 13, 2015

Red-tailed Hawks in the cottonwood tree at sunrise, February 13, 2015, "Winter Mornings Prelude." One hawk can be seen in silhouette in the upper left corner of the second photo. The other hawk was hidden in the middle of the tree branches.

Red-tailed Hawks in the cottonwood tree at sunrise, February 13, 2015. One hawk can be seen in silhouette in the upper left corner of the second photo. The other hawk was hidden in the middle of the tree branches.

The first Red-tailed Hawk in the cottonwood tree, February 13, 2015, "Winter Mornings Prelude."

The first Red-tailed Hawk in the cottonwood tree, February 13, 2015.

The second Red-tailed Hawk in the cottonwood tree, February 13, 2015, "Winter Mornings Prelude." The third photo was taken a moment before he flew away.

The second Red-tailed Hawk in the cottonwood tree, February 13, 2015. The third photo was taken a moment before he flew away.

The second Red-tailed Hawk flying south from the cottonwood tree, February 13, 2015, "Winter Mornings Prelude."

The second Red-tailed Hawk flying south from the cottonwood tree, February 13, 2015.

February 15th, 2015

A Red-tailed Hawk coasting on a windy morning, February 15, 2015, "Winter Mornings Prelude."

A Red-tailed Hawk coasting on a windy morning, February 15, 2015.

February 18th, 2015

Tracks in the snow on the ice in the marsh, February 18, 2015, "Winter Mornings Prelude."

Tracks in the snow on the ice in the marsh, February 18, 2015.

American Tree Sparrows in the marsh at sunrise, February 18, 2015, "Winter Mornings Prelude."

American Tree Sparrows in the marsh at sunrise, February 18, 2015.

A Song Sparrow picking up bird seed on the snow in the marsh, February 18, 2015, "Winter Mornings prelude."

A Song Sparrow picking up bird seed on the snow in the marsh, February 18, 2015.

February 19th, 2015

Early morning sunlight reflecting off of the ice and the snow on the pond surface, February 19, 2015, "Winter Mornings Prelude."

Early morning sunlight reflecting off of the ice and the snow on the pond surface, February 19, 2015.

February 23rd, 2015

The sunrise, February 23, 2015, "Winter Mornings Prelude."

The sunrise, February 23, 2015.

An American Tree Sparrow at the edge of the marsh, February 23, 2014, "Winter Mornings Prelude."

An American Tree Sparrow at the edge of the marsh, February 23, 2014.

An American Tree Sparrow in the marsh, February 23, 2015, "Winter Mornings Prelude."

An American Tree Sparrow in the marsh, February 23, 2015.

Take care and thanks for reading.

Sarah

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2 Responses to Winter Mornings Prelude

  1. Shady_Grady says:

    I like the pictures of the ice crystals. Don’t those song sparrows know that it’s winter? They should go sing down South. The moon setting picture is INCREDIBLE! Wonderful work. What sort of camera do you use?

    • Sarah says:

      Hi Shady 🙂
      Thanks for your kind words. 🙂 I like looking at tiny things. It is amazing how much detail there is about if you search for it. There will be more ice crystal photos from January in a little while. I was watching the moon the first week in February. It was a full moon on the 3rd. On the 5th, the sky was clear except for clouds around the horizon. The horizon shifted from pink to purple to golden. I turned around from photographing the sunrise to look at the moon. 🙂 The camera is a Canon SX510 HS at present.

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