Monthly Archives: September 2010

Crazy “Transformer” Owl

Check out this video..

A crazy transformer owl..it changes it shape and size when it feels threatened by another owl.

Read this link to learn more about the owl

Southern White Faced Scops Owl

http://www.environmentalgraffiti.com/news-amazing-transforming-owl

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Slow down Saturday

Howdee all,

Jeff and I are in Lexington, Ma now. Hanging out with Jeff’s side of the family.

We are also helping our daughter, who recently moved out of NYC,find an apartment. She would love to live in Providence RI or near Cambridge, Ma.

The problem with the Boston area is that it is so darn expensive. She is looking for a rental under 1000 dollars.

Any help or information is greatly appreciated.

In the meantime…

Slow down…

Its Saturday….

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Wordless Wednesday

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BwBTC Bird Trustom Pond NWR

Howdee all,

After birding the mudflats and fun lunch stop at the Corner Deli in town,

we went to Trustom Pond NWR just a few miles south.BwBTC Charlestown RI_078

Which way do we go?

We followed the pathway to the left thru a large field.BwBTC Charlestown RI_043Jane showed us the caterpillar of the Monarch butterfly and the eggs.. Oh fun!

Thanks Jane!BwBTC Charlestown RI_044 Isn’t it beautiful?

Monarch Caterpillar on MilkweedBwBTC Charlestown RI_079

We stopped at the freshwater pond and checked out the wildlife, frogs, turtles, dragonflies and other critters.

Charlestown ri_010 Time to take the group photo…

hee hee..two second timer so it took a few tries before we got it right!

BwBTC Charlestown RI_052 We birded the grasses…BwBTC Charlestown RI_053  We birded the Salt water pond..BwBTC Charlestown RI_055BwBTC Charlestown RI_076 We birded the woodlands…

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We saw a decent amount of birds..most of which I didn’t capture on camera..

We caught a great burst of activity in the forest with warblers and vireos all over the place..it was very exciting and we didn’t know which way to look first.

 

Here are a few birdie photos I did get..

Juvenile Ring-necked PheasantBwBTC Charlestown RI_073

A juvenile Black-billed Cuckoo

BwBTC Charlestown RI_057    I had a terrific time birding, bugging, and enjoying nature with everyone.

Speaking of bugs…

Check out this funky bug that landed on Katie..  BwBTC Charlestown RI_081I forgot what Jane said it was…Jane?

I think its a weevil of some sort…BwBTC Charlestown RI_080

Thanks everyone for coming and making this a terrific day!

Check out these other accounts of our day!

Dans

Larrys

Johns

Cindys

 

Birds of the Afternoon

Canada Goose  
Mute Swan 
Wood Duck 
Mallard 
Ring-necked Pheasant 
Double-crested Cormorant
Great Blue Heron 
Great Egret 
Snowy Egret       
Green Heron
Turkey Vulture 
Osprey 
Northern Harrier   
Caspian Tern
Black-billed Cuckoo 
Belted Kingfisher 
Downy Woodpecker
Eastern Phoebe 
Eastern Kingbird 
White-eyed Vireo
Red-eyed Vireo 
Blue Jay 
American Crow 
Fish Crow
Tree Swallow 
Barn Swallow 
Black-capped Chickadee
Tufted Titmouse
American Robin
Gray Catbird 
Northern Mockingbird 
European Starling 
Blue-winged Warbler 
Pine Warbler 
Black-and-white Warbler
American Redstart 
Common Yellowthroat
Eastern Towhee 
Song Sparrow 
Northern Cardinal 
Baltimore Oriole
American Goldfinch 

BwBTC bird the Charlestown Breachway

Howdee all,

This past Saturday a group of Birders who Blog, Tweet and Chirp

got together to bird two areas in Charlestown, RI.

First on our list was Charlestown Breachway.

We all knew there would be a wet crossing to the mud flats, so we prepared our gear so that it would stay dry.

We walked thru the RV campground to the boat ramp and followed the shoreline to the crossing area.BwBTC Charlestown RI_004

Stopping on the way to view a distant rookery

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Dan and Cindy at the crossing..

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A second small crossing..

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Almost there BwBTC Charlestown RI_010 Least SandpiperBwBTC Charlestown RI_011We met a few other groups out birding the flats. It wasn’t as birdie as the week before.

But..

We had great views of a Buff-breasted Sandpiper (A life bird for Jeff and I and a few others on the trip)  

Other highlight birds Black bellied, Semipalmated,and Piping Plovers.

Western,White rumped,Spotted, Least and Semipalmated Sandpipers and a questionable Bairds. BwBTC Charlestown RI_013 I have to say, I really wish these little peeps were easier to ID.

  I am a lazy birder and try to soak in a little information each outing,I don’t do home study very well.   

         Western SandpiperBwBTC Charlestown RI_032 A few White rumped sandpipersBwBTC Charlestown RI_033  We birded the flats all morning… It was time to have lunch..BwBTC Charlestown RI_036  So we followed local birders across the flats to a shallow crossingBwBTC Charlestown RI_038It was lovely, the water warm and refreshing on a hot day. BwBTC Charlestown RI_039 The grasses were full of mosquitoes..Ouch!BwBTC Charlestown RI_040

I really enjoy birding with my Blogger and Twitter friends, its great being with people that share similar interests.

People that enjoy being in Nature.

Who don’t complain about getting wet..muddy…hot.or a few bug bites.

Stay tuned for the Part 2 BwBTC Trustum pond NWR

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For other accounts of our Birding day Day read

Dans

Larrys 

Johns

 

            Birds of the Morning              

Double-crested Cormorant

Great Blue Heron 

Great Egret 

Snowy Egret 
Green Heron

Turkey Vulture 
Osprey 

Cooper’s Hawk 

Red-tailed Hawk

Black-bellied Plover

Semipalmated Plover

Piping Plover 

    Spotted Sandpiper

Greater Yellowlegs

Lesser Yellowlegs

  Ruddy Turnstone

Sanderling
Semipalmated Sandpiper 

Western Sandpiper

  Least Sandpiper 

White-rumped Sandpiper

Buff-breasted Sandpiper 

Laughing Gull 
 
Ring-billed Gull 

Herring Gull

Great Black-backed Gull

Forster’s Tern

Common Tern

Caspian Tern