Bald Eagles

We went shopping in a nearby suburb — first to Duluth Trading, where we each bought a pair of underpants, then to the grocery store. The day is gorgeous: a cloudless blue sky, bright sun, and cold air. A perfect January day, though we could use more snow. The way back went down to the Mississippi and then along it. As we got to the river, I saw three large birds with long wings. Eagles, almost certainly, flying above the river. Then, as we drove along the river, I saw an adult eagle perched in a tree, its white head and tail unmistakable. A bit farther on, another large bird with long wings flew toward us. Patrick saw this one. He had missed the earlier ones, being busy driving. It was another eagle, probably not fully mature. I saw some white on its head, but not much. Finally, as we approached downtown, we saw five more birds over the Robert Street Bridge. Again, big and with long wings held straight out as they soared. So, ten eagles almost certainly. Nothing else is so big with such long wings. We have seen that many eagles south of the Metro Area along the Mississippi and Lake Pepin, which is a wide place in the river. But never so many in the Cities.

Masked Tanager

This is a masked tanager, native to South America.

The last photo (of Devonian fish) was tiny and blurry, due to conditions beyond my control, at least at the moment. So here is a better photo. I have liked birds since I learned (back in the 1970s) that they were the only surviving dinosaurs.

This comes via the Audubon website. The artist’s name is in the lower right corner.




Human men ought to study birds more. If you want a date, you have to work at it. Build a bower for the lady as bower birds do. Do a fancy dance like cranes. Sit on top of a tree and sing your heart out like many song birds. Develop magnificent plumage. Help raise the kids. Lots and lots of birds do this. When your sweetie is on the nest, bring her fish like ospreys…. Nothing says love like a good-sized fish…

What does not get dates is writing angry, anti-woman posts on the Internet.