Photographing wildlife is a hobby of mine, that I truly love. I hope you enjoy my efforts to capture the beauty of creation.
Thanks everyone for the kind words and comments.
Lauren Zarate, because you asked:
Sparky as he came to be known, showed up in my yard on December 12, 2012 and was last seen on January 11, 2013. That day was very warm for this time of year. I can not say with 100% certainty what happened to him. I will say what I believe to this day. I had 4 pair of cardinals that came to my feeders during that same period. January 11th was the last day I saw Sparky or the 4 pair of Northern Cardinal, I can only speculate, that they left for warmer climates. During his time with me, I built him a special leanto shelter and bought a special heat lamp. He used it during the coldest of days. After I had not seen him for 4 days, I took my shelter and heat lamp to another family who had another wayward bird in our area. They had a Summer Tanager, which they named Tanya. Tanya used the shelter and the heat lamp all winter long, and is the first known Summer Tanager to ever over winter in Wisconsin. I will put up a series about that bird sometime soon. Thanks so much for asking LaurenZarate.