Snowshoeing at North Mississippi Regional Park

On Tuesday, I went to go snowshoeing at the North Mississippi Regional Park. While I was there I got some pictures of some cool birds.

Even though it’s winter, the river is still moving. It’s never safe to walk onto a river.

At North Mississippi Regional Park, I found a White-breasted Nuthatch. They get their name from jamming large acorns into tree bark. They are a common feeder bird.

I got some pictures of the Downy Woodpecker pecking at the suet feeder.

The squirrels chewed on a side of the building and made a place to hide. Whenever they were scared they would just run up the side of the building and hide there. It’s amazing what a squirrel can do.

This is a House Finch. The House Finch can be a common bird feeder. Did you know?

“The House Finch was originally a bird of the western United States and Mexico. In 1940 a small number of finches were turned loose on Long Island, New York, after failed attempts to sell them as cage birds (“Hollywood finches”). They quickly started breeding and spread across almost all of the eastern United States and southern Canada within the next 50 years.”

Credit to the Cornell Lab of Ornithology. (https://www.allaboutbirds.org/guide/House_Finch/overview)

I also saw a Red-tailed Hawk catch a mouse. Seeing a Hawk hunt a mouse was pretty amazing. When I was trying to take pictures of the Hawk eating the mouse, it started flying away. A Hawk can eat 6-8 mice a day. But can also eat small mammals, small birds, and reptiles.

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Published by PalmerLakeNature

I am a nature-loving teen who photographs all the cool nature in Minnesota and around the world. My goal is to share my passion for the outdoors with others. I was an Outdoor Education Intern at Mississippi Gateway Regional Park in the summer of 2022 where I helped with the summer educational programs. I am also active with the Best Buy Teen Tech Center where I do coding, graphic design, photography, and 3D printing. A few of my photos have been published in a newsletter by the Minneapolis Parks Foundation. Minneapolis Parks and Rec has also published my nature photos on their Facebook page. Current Equipment: Canon 90D, Tamron 100-400mm Lens

4 thoughts on “Snowshoeing at North Mississippi Regional Park

  1. Hey, I am a naturalist at this park! Can I share these pictures to our Facebook page? We will definitely link to your blogpost if we end up posting.

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