birds

Library hosts live bird program on Feb. 22

Feb 14, 2024
The Lake City Public Library will host a live bird program presented by Eagle Bluff Environmental Learning Center on Thursday, Feb. 22 at 4 p.m. This program is free and open to the public. No registration is needed and all ages are invited to attend. The program is taking place as part of the...

Ohl: Those foul fowl

Jul 5, 2023
If you happen to wave at me when I am out walking, don’t be offended if I fail to wave back. You see I seldom notice anything except the ground before me. No, I am not searching for a lost button or coins. I developed this manner of walking as a farm boy where we had chickens roaming about. I do...

Vultures stretch their wings

Jun 7, 2023
Members of a flock of vultures occupy the branches of a shoreline tree with their wings outstretched on Friday, June 2, in this photo submitted by Sonda Featherstone. The internet can’t seem to agree on a term for a group of vultures: some sites say it’s a “wake” of vultures, others claim “venue,”...

Eagles compete over fish

Apr 5, 2023
Lake City photographer Ben Threinen captured the scene of a competition between eagles over a fish on the Lake Pepin ice. It was April 1, but these birds weren’t fooling around.

Hawk appears bemused by the snowfall

Jan 25, 2023
Local photographer and filmmaker Ben Threinen took this photo of an immature red-tailed hawk waiting out the snowfall on the morning of Jan. 19. “Looks cold!” Threinen said.

Charm of goldfinches at local feeder

May 18, 2022
Some of the over 20 goldfinches that gathered Sunday, May 8, for a meal at a feeder on West Elm Street in Lake City. A group of goldfinches is called a “charm.” Abby Peterson and Mary Lou Dirksen took several photos of the charm, including this one.

Springtime bird sightings at Hok-Si-La Park

Apr 6, 2022
Lake City photographer Ben Threinen sent these photos of birds at Hok-Si-La Park last weekend. At left is a downy woodpecker. At right is a pair of sandhill cranes along Highway 61.

Blue heron lets one get away

May 12, 2021
Lake City photographer Ben Threinen submitted this photo of “a blue heron practicing catch and release before the Saturday fishing opener.”


One last time on the ice

Mar 24, 2021
Raptors on the frozen waters of Lake Pepin Friday in a photo submitted by Terri Orth. By now their perch has melted away.

Christmas bird count tallies more than 3,000 birds and 47 species

Jan 27, 2021
The Christmas Bird Count for the Wabasha area was held on Dec. 27, 2020, with 18 participants in the field and three participants counting at their feeders, for a total of 52 hours and 393 miles. The count was 3,132 individual birds and 47 total species. It was no surprise that the high count of...

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