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Past-E-Mail: Cam Notes - 2016: January: Jan 19-16
Snowy owl lunch    ...scroll down to share comments
Photos by Philip Odum
Evening Grosbeak    ...scroll down to share comments
Photos by Philip Odum
Gray Jay    ...scroll down to share comments
Photos by Philip Odum
Female Pine Grosbeak    ...scroll down to share comments
Photos by Philip Odum
Snowshoe Hare    ...scroll down to share comments
Photos by Philip Odum
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Photos by Philip Odum
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Mary Drew at Pasty Central (Mdrew) on Tuesday, January 19, 2016 - 11:06 pm:

Often times on the weekends, Philip Odum heads to the U.P. to meet up with friends and do a bit of "winter birding", today's photos are a result of his recent trips UP North.

We start out just north of the Big Mac where the birders spotted a Snowy Owl having breakfast on the ice. I'm not so sure about fish for breakfast and raw besides, but for an owl I would guess this is a feast.

The next capture is a male Evening Grosbeak. Don't you just love how birds can clamp on sideways to a branch and make it look so easy to just sit there looking pretty?

Here's something else I can't figure out. That's a Gray Jay sitting at the tippy top of that tree. How on earth does that branch hold him up like that? I have the darndest time getting my treetop star to stand straight on the top of the Christmas tree without bending that branch right over, yet this good size bird can lightly sit there without making it budge.

In the next photo, Philip captured a female Pine Grosbeak, who is almost hidden in the branches of that crab apple tree. With the subdued colors on the female, she has a natural camouflage effect.

Even though it's not a birding shot, I think the Snowshoe Hare photo is my favorite here today. Philip said they stood on the road watching this guy run right towards them, then he turned and hightailed it south. I love how he captured the bunny in mid-leap.

Last but not least, Phil wonders if any of these beauties in the bottom photo look familiar. No? Well, these are the horses that may have pulled you around Mackinac Island this past summer, as they are taken to the mainland for the winter. While many folks head south for the cold months, these guys are spending their winter break UP North, near Barbeau.

The weather wasn't the greatest for driving north to the U.P. for his most recent birding run, but Philip says coming home with photos like these here today make it all worthwhile. I'm sure glad he feels that way, so we get to enjoy his adventures, too

By Dunerat (Dunerat) on Tuesday, January 19, 2016 - 11:28 pm:

Will somebody please pry my jaw off the floor? What AWESOME images, Philip! Thank you so much for sharing!

By Duane P. (Islandman43) on Tuesday, January 19, 2016 - 11:56 pm:

Nice captures of the birds. I was surprised at the Snowy Owl eating a fish. I thought at first that it was dining on leftovers. A quick google though told me that they do indeed catch fish. It took me until 4 minutes before midnight but I did learn something today.

By Thomas Baird (Thomas) on Wednesday, January 20, 2016 - 04:37 am:

Lovely animal and bird photos.

By Janie T. (Bobbysgirl) on Wednesday, January 20, 2016 - 07:35 am:

Horses having the opportunity to be horses, does a horse good!

By Deb S. (Usedtobeayooper) on Wednesday, January 20, 2016 - 08:40 am:

These photos are fabulous!! I so love bird
pictures, and all of these critters so remind me
of Shirley. How she would love these shots today.
I, too, love the rabbit. It's a great shot.

Happy Hump Day to all of you out there. I think
we're above zero today. Hooray!!!

By Donna (Donna) on Wednesday, January 20, 2016 - 09:04 am:

WOW...simply breathtaking!

By Cindy, New Baltimore, MI (Cindy) on Wednesday, January 20, 2016 - 09:33 am:

These are fantastic photos, Philip! The snowy owl is my favorite, but all of them are amazing! Thanks for sharing your adventure with us.

By kosk in Toronto (Koskintoronto) on Wednesday, January 20, 2016 - 06:08 pm:

I love every single one of these photos. Thank you Philip. Oh yes,
Shirley would have loved them all too.

By Greta Jones (Urbanescapees) on Wednesday, January 20, 2016 - 09:08 pm:

Simply amazing shots - all of them!!
Basked in 70 degrees today here.

By philip odum (Phishinfill) on Thursday, January 21, 2016 - 11:43 am:

Thanks so much everyone for your kind
words i always love being were time comes
to a standstill and the wildlife abounds
its enchanting,and it allows so many great
photo oppratunities..all the travelling
did catch up with me and im gradually
recovering and gaining strength everyday
from pnuemonia,thanks phil

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