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Yellow-bellied Sapsucker checkin in…

Howdee all,

Homey has arrived safely in NC and it parked snugly between two familiar hickory trees.

Arrival was not without complications. Just two miles away from Carthage, Jeff stopped for diesel~after fueling Homey would not start..

No sound when the key was turned. This has happened several times in the past ten years. This time it took a few more taps with a hammer on the solenoid and it started.

Yellow bellied sap_017Before Homey arrived I noticed a Yellow-bellied Sapsucker mewing and going to the suet.

Not soon after Homeys arrival, the sapsucker checked out its reflection.

Yellow bellied sap_005Our windows are reflective and we always have birds coming to the window to see who is in their territory.

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For the past two mornings Mr. Sapsucker starts tapping on our bedroom window at 6:30 and then moves on to the bathroom window for a bit.

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Here is a video of him tapping at our bathroom window.

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Howdee all,

 

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I don’t always get mine…but, I try!

 

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Birding and Chatting~ BwBTC~Wilton, CT

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Howdee all,
Saturday was our BwBTC Outing to Wilton, CT
~Birders who Blog Tweet and Chirp~
(BwBTC=A crazy, fun group of Bloggers that also love to Bird)
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It was a lovely morning~we met at 7:30 am
 BwBTC Wilton CT_021 Allen Meadows…
one of Luke Tillers local haunts.
BwBTC Wilton CT_022The place was full of Sparrows…
And us…
BwBTC Wilton CT_023Are those distant birds?
BwBTC Wilton CT_025Nope..Birders… 🙂
BwBTC Wilton CT_026I have to say..I did so much chatting…I didn’t photograph many birds.
Not that I would have captured much with my small lens~there were some mighty big Camera lenses being used. Looking forward to everyone else’s bird shots.
BwBTC Wilton CT_028I will show you this very lousy photo of a Chickadee taken with my baby camera… I just saw one Christopher took of the same bird… His is Awesome!
BwBTC Wilton CT_005I did get this amazing photo of a Yellow Chatty Bird
In honor of all the Chatting going on during the day~and believe me~We did as much chatting as we did birding. Ok, speaking for myself…I chatted more than I birded.
BwBTC Wilton CT_004It was a super morning of birding and socializing in the meadows
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Birds seen at Allens Meadows Ebird list thanks to Kathie Brown

Canada Goose
Turkey Vulture
Sharp-shinned Hawk
Cooper’s Hawk
Red-shouldered Hawk
Red-tailed Hawk
Merlin
Ring-billed Gull
gull sp.
Mourning Dove
Belted Kingfisher
Red-bellied Woodpecker
Northern Flicker
Pileated Woodpecker
Eastern Phoebe
Blue Jay
American Crow
Black-capped Chickadee
Tufted Titmouse
Ruby-crowned Kinglet
Eastern Bluebird
Gray Catbird
Northern Mockingbird
Blackpoll Warbler
Palm Warbler (Yellow)
warbler sp.
Chipping Sparrow
Vesper Sparrow
Savannah Sparrow
Song Sparrow
Lincoln’s Sparrow
Swamp Sparrow
White-throated Sparrow
White-crowned Sparrow
Northern Cardinal
Indigo Bunting
Common Grackle
House Finch
American Goldfinch
House Sparrow

Time for a Coffee Break and
Birding the parking lot 
BwBTC Wilton CT_043More birding..
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More chatting..BwBTC Wilton CT_049Super People!
BwBTC Wilton CT_047Birds seen at Schenck’s Island~Wilton ebird list via Kathie Brown

Red-bellied Woodpecker
Yellow-bellied Sapsucker
Hairy Woodpecker
Northern Flicker
Eastern Phoebe
American Crow
Tufted Titmouse
American Robin
Cedar Waxwing
Palm Warbler (Yellow)
Yellow-rumped Warbler (Myrtle)
Song Sparrow
Swamp Sparrow
White-throated Sparrow
White-crowned Sparrow
Dickcissel
Turkey Vulture
Osprey
Red-tailed Hawk
Indigo Bunting
House Sparrow

We then did a quick stop at Sherwood Park
BwBTC Wilton CT_051The wind was picking up…
BwBTC Wilton CT_053Towny tromped thru the grass and muck to try and get us a view of a Seaside sparrow.
BwBTC Wilton CT_054Not much luck~ a few quick pop ups.
Don’t bother looking~no bird in this photo. 🙂
BwBTC Wilton CT_059Looking for water birds..
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and finding a few…
It was a great day~The weather was perfect…the company stupendous..
BwBTC Wilton CT_062Thanks Luke for showing us a few of your favorite birding areas!
Stay tuned~ Catherine Hamilton will be on BirdCallsRadio. If you havent listened to BirdCallsRadio..get on over there and check out the archives.
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22 species total at Sherwood Park~ebird list thanks to Dan Huber
Canada Goose
American Black Duck
Double-crested Cormorant
Great Blue Heron
Great Egret
Snowy Egret
Red-tailed Hawk
American Kestrel
Peregrine Falcon
Ring-billed Gull
Herring Gull
Blue Jay
Northern Mockingbird
Palm Warbler
Yellow-rumped Warbler
Chipping Sparrow   
Field Sparrow
Savannah Sparrow
Song Sparrow
White-throated Sparrow
White-crowned Sparrow
Brown-headed Cowbird

The Bird Bloggin Gang~
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Diana Fruguglietti and Paul Ippolito~Travelling Birders
Mardi and Townsend Dickinson~Kymry ~ A look in time….
Kathie Brown ~ Kathie’s Birds
Christopher Ciccone~Picus Blog
Jeff and Dawn Fine
Luke Tiller~Under Clear Skies
Catherine Hamilton~Birdspot
Cathleen Voss~BIRDINGGIRL
Daniel Huber ~Nature Observances

Other posts of our day~
 Cathleen~BirdingGirl

Cindy~Birders who Blog Tweet and Chirp
Vincent Mistretta- BWBTC Outing in Wilton, Connecticut
Dawn Fine- Birding and Chatting ~ BwBTC ~ Wilton, Connecticut
Larry- Fall Camping At Pawtuckaway & BWBT&C
Cindy- Birders Who Blog Tweet And Chirp
Dan- Lovely Little Sparrow
Cynthia Cage- Sparrows and More, Allen’s Meadow with the BwBTC Gang

BwBTC~Wilton, CT Bird outing~Oct 15th

Howdee all,

BWBTC

Birders who Blog, Tweet and Chirp

Saturday~OCT 15~ 7:30 AM

Wow~Next Saturday…

Let me know if you are coming,or would like to come....

Either by leaving a comment here or via the Facebook event link.

Luke Tiller will be showing us around his local patch.

From Luke’s Blog about the event…

I did a walk a couple of years back for birding bloggers who live in the local area and I’ll be doing one again on October 15th this year. Last time  we held the event it was early early July, hardly conducive to getting good birds in Connecticut so you’d think but we ended up having a pretty good day with a few nice species including a lingering King Eider at Hammo.

This year however provides the perfect opportunity to showcase my old patch at Allen’ Meadows. It’s an amazing spot for open country migrants and recent greatest hits have included Harris’s Sparrow, Northern Wheatear and Lark Sparrow (the last two on the same day!!!!!!) in amongst the more prosaic possible good migrants: Blue Grosbeak, Dickcissel, Orange-crowned Warbler etc (checklist for the birds here). You can also read an article I wrote about the site for the towns conservation newsletter (here) and a bit on my website (here).

We’ll also hit a couple of other spots in town and then head for another local birding gem Sherwood Island State Park (checklist etc here). It should be a really fun day out if the last event was anything to go by. You can read more about that trip (here). More details on the BwBTC facebook page soon.

 

Bring snacks~We plan on grabbing a bite for lunch..but, you know how it goes, birding takes priority over eating.

 

~Cast of Characters so far~

Jeff and Dawn Fine

Luke Tiller~Under Clear Skies

Catherine Hamilton~Birdspot

Cathleen Voss~BIRDINGGIRL

Cynthia Cage ~Living in Brooklyn-Longing for Maine

Daniel Huber ~Nature Observances

Cindy ~Through The Looking Glass

Vincent Mistretta~Vincent Mistretta Photography

Larry~The Brownstone Birding Blog

 Might attend~

Kathie Brown ~ Kathie’s Birds

Christopher and Pamela Ciccone~Picus Blog

Laura de Flor and Mark B~The Interstitial Spaces and Strack16

Beth Goffe~Eclectic Beth

Diana Fruguglietti and Paul Ippolito~Travelling Birders

Mardi Dickinson~Kymry ~ A look in time….

John Mitchell~Bird Man of Bridgewater

~Directions to meeting area~

 
From the South and West:
Take I-95 North to Exit 15, Rt. 7 North OR take the Merritt Parkway to
Exit 39, Rt. 7 North. Follow Rt. 7 North for approx. 5 miles until you
pass the Wilton High School on your left. You will come to a traffic
light for the YMCA. Continue past the light for approx. 100 yards.
Entrance to the fields is on the left.

From the North:
I-84 to Route 7 South into Wilton. After passing Olmstead Hill Road
and an assisted living facility on your right, take your next right
into Allen’s Meadows.

From the East Merritt Parkway:
Get off Exit 41 Route 33. Take a left at the bottom of the ramp.
Continue on 33 until it merges into Route 7. After you pass the Wilton
High School on your left, you will come to a traffic light for the
YMCA. Continue past the light for approx. 100 yards. Entrance to the
fields on the left.

Park in the area by the baseball batting cage.

 

See YOU soon!!!

Bird Dilema~ What would you do?

Howdee all,

Last week, while birding, Sandy Point on Plum Island..I saw a two photographers with their cameras pointed on something…

I was curious to see what it was…so I walked up to the area…

I couldn’t see what they were looking at.

They told me its right in front of us…I was looking further away..

Plum Island_014 (1)Then…

I saw this..sandpiper with clam stuck_002I stared at it for a few minutes..

The bird didn’t move at all..

sandpiper with clam stuck_009I asked why they would put a stuffed bird out there to photograph.

sandpiper with clam stuck_012Well, ~~~~

it wasn’t stuffed..

sandpiper with clam stuck_013This bird was alive and so was the clam that was clamped down on its bill.

The bird couldn’t fly..the clam was too heavy.

sandpiper with clam stuck_018I wondered why the photographers were not trying to help the bird.

I told them that we should help this bird.

They said that most likely we would not be able to open the clam…that they were letting nature be.

It was difficult for me to walk away as they continued to photograph the bird.

I thought of the bird all day…..and still do.

I posted one of the photos above to facebook..with the caption

Stuck, STUCK!

Most that commented felt I should have made an effort to help the bird…and in hindsight..I wish I would have.

What would you have done?

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Here is another time that my heart strings were pulled by sadness for a suffering bird..

Jeff and I were on a small Island off the coast of Chatham..reachable by boat only.

I saw this young Gull…sitting away from the other gulls.

Birding Clamming_024This just sucks doesn’t it?

Did it catch the fisherman’s lure as he was fishing?

Birding Clamming_025Or did he eat the lure as it was lying on the ground or in the water..

Fisherman’s trash..

Birding Clamming_026I tried to approach the gull

Birding Clamming_027It moved away..

Birding Clamming_028I let it be…I didn’t want to stress it more…

I had nothing to capture it with..

Birding Clamming_029On hindsight, maybe I should have called a local bird rescue.

What would you do?

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Wellfleet Audubon~Birding

Howdee all,

Jeff and spent a few mornings at the Wellfleet Audubon on Cape Cod.

See the Bank of Solar panels behind the signs?

Wellfleet Audubon_006The also use their graywater to water their gardens.

Wellfleet Audubon_007We took a walk around on our own and also joined a birding walk.

imageThe morning of the birding walk we saw this family of Bobwhite on the fence, before we started our walk.

Numbers of Bobwhite are declining with habitat loss on the Cape.

Wellfleet Audubon_001The center has jelly feeders..

Wellfleet Audubon_004Baltimore Orioles love Grape Jelly…I was surprised to see them still going to the jelly. I noticed in Ct. at my parents feeders, the Orioles stop going to the jelly a few weeks after their young fledge.

Wellfleet Audubon_013This was a first for me..have you seen this before?

Wellfleet Audubon_011Titmouse at a hummer feeder..

Wellfleet Audubon_008Small pond at the preserve..

Wellfleet Audubon_007Turtles doing what they do this time of year..

Welfleet Audubon_005Milkweed pods sending out seed..

Welfleet Audubon_002We walked the trail looking into the marsh area..

Wellfleet Audubon_001In the distant marsh I saw ten Great Blue Heron lined up..

Wellfleet Audubon_002Views to the bay..

Wellfleet Audubon_004We walked to the bay..birding along the way..

Here is a link to the list of birds you may see.

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A group Yellowlegs in the grass on the side of the boardwalk.

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Welfleet Audubon_009Wellfleet Audubon_009Some other birds sighted..

Spotted Sandpiper
Least Sandpiper
Semipalmated Sandpiper
Piping Plover
Semipalmated Plover
Black bellied Plover
Killdeer
Short-billed Dowitcher
Forster’s  Tern
Whimbrel
Greater and Lesser Yellowlegs
Black-backed Gull
Laughing Gull

Wellfleet Audubon_010Beautiful day at Wellfleet Bay Audubon

Wellfleet Audubon_012

Bird Blurs~

Howdee all,

Magee Marsh is a wonderful place for photographers to get close up to their subjects.

Photographers come from all over the world with lenses of varying sizes, hoping to capture the beauty of these winged creatures.

The birds are tired and hungry when they arrive and they are bulking up, before they head over Lake Erie, to get to their breeding grounds.

This gives great opportunity for close up photos of an amazing amount of birds concentrated in a small area.

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I however, am limited by my slow focus, short lens, point and shoot camera…

For every zillion photos I take, I get maybe two or three decent, passable ones.

So..what to do with all those photos that don’t pass the muster..

Why throw them out..

Why not show them off…

Who are these birds in Blur?

Test your skills…answers a few posts from now.

 

Bird Blurs~

Do you know your birds in blur?

1~

 test 1

2~

test 2

3~

Test 3

4~

test 45~

test 5

6~

test 67~

test 78~

test 8

9~

test 9

Good luck.

We have been here in Ohio for almost two weeks..

More posts to come..and even a decent bird photo or two Smile

We interrupt the New River Series…

Howdee all,

We interrupt the New River Birding and Nature Festival series to tell you where we are presently.

We left West Virginia after the festival on May 8th and traveled directly to Ohio for~

The Biggest Week in American Birding. FANFRIGANTASTIC!

We are staying at a campground very near Magee Marsh. We wake early most mornings to go birding.

Having a Super time  here!

I will blog about our experience next week most likely…

The birding is spectacular, the people are wonderful…

We were only supposed to stay here a week, and have extended our stay, we leave next Tuesday and head to Connecticut to visit family.

Sunset at the campground

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Happy Birding!

Swallow-tailed Kite

Howdee all,

While staying at Wilderness RV resort in Silver Springs, Florida,we were lucky enough to experience a Swallow-tailed Kite flying over the park. Then we noticed two Kite..

And just yesterday we saw this..

kite in campground_001Sorry for the Grainy photos…I just have a point and shoot~

Nest building material!

kite in campground_002It was fun to watch…we stayed for a half hour then continued our walk to the nearby restaurant for Sunday morning breakfast.kite in campground_003The nest is being built close to the river…in the tallest pine tree, in back of a row of Motorhomes…kite in campground_004Everyone was enjoying watching them…kite in campground_007After breakfast Jeff and I went back and there was no sign of them..

We were told that a Red-shouldered Hawk dive bombed one of the Kite.

The Hawk was then surprised as the other Kite…went after him. 

The nest building stopped..kite in campground_009I went back later in the evening and they were not at the nest building site.

I did see one of the resident Pileated Woodpeckers.

kite in campground_017The RV park is getting empty now…The snowbirds are starting their northward journeys back home for the summer..kite in campground_019See our Homey at the far end of the RV park…Its time for our wheels to turn too!kite in campground_021We are headed to North Carolina..for a months stay at Sickstas and Craigys.

This morning before we began our journey north, I went to see if the Kite had returned…

kite in campground_023And they had…swallowtailed kite_004

With nest building material!swallowtailed kite_026Nice!swallowtailed kite_028

Goodbye~ John Prince Park~

Howdee all,

We have been here in John Prince Park, Lake Worth, Florida for two weeks now…and its time to move on.

We tried to extend our time here, but, the park is full. I called many places to try and get reservations for this busy weekend…I was able to find availability a bit further north at Jensen Beach.

I wanted to share a few videos here taken while at John Prince.

Goodbye John Prince …I will miss my morning Limpkin Wake up call..yeah, believe it or not I looked forward to thatSmile

http://www.facebook.com/v/1832535219492

The video below is from my morning walk…There is a small craft airport nearby…so toward the end of the video..that is what you hear…otherwise it is very quiet..

This next video is sunrise over the lake behind our Homey…Stay with the video to see the Common Moorhen couple.

Take Care and see you all at our next Destination.

 

Jensen Beach…if you know the area and want to recommend things to see..just leave a comment below.

Thanks!

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