Thursday, May 26, 2016

Recent Favorites

cerulean warbler
I can recall seeing my first cerulean warbler in college, at a cemetery, somewhere in Massachusetts. This recent sighting was the best view I ever had of one!

cerulean warbler
Cerulean warblers are usually found high up in the trees, flitting around constantly gleaning insects. We were pretty lucky this day that he found food in a shorter tree!

northern saw-whet owl
What a rare treat to have an owl, nest in a box in a easily viewed spot! So far two of these cute nestlings have been seen.

northern saw-whet owl
When we were there, he watched as cars and people walked and drove by. 

yellow-billed cuckoo

Saw this one fly in, a large bird, just bigger than a blue jay.

great crested flycatcher
You usually hear these birds before you see them, a very distinctive, very loud, upslurred WHEEP!

eastern wood-pewee
Easily identified by his song - peee-ah-weeeee!

indigo bunting
Nothing like the intense blue of this favorite!

warbling vireo
The song of the warbling vireo has a certain rhythm. Mnemonically it goes like this "if I see you, I will seize you, if I squeeze you, you will squirt". 

Canada warbler
Another pretty warbler that moves through our area on his way to breed in the north.

blue-winged warbler
Singing his beeee buzzzz song.

turkey vulture
Turkey vultures have an extraordinary sense of smell. They have been known to be able to smell carrion from over a mile away which is very unique in the bird world.




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  2. Unbelievable photo and beautiful birds, would try myself to go in these areas and look these species for myself. The weather is quite unpredictable so will plan my trip soon.

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