Monday, September 29, 2014

American Goldfinch

Goldfinch cleaning the seeds off flower heads in the butterfly garden.

Sunday, September 28, 2014

The Kinglets are back!

The hyperactive little Kinglets have been in the yard for about a week now but I was finally able to catch up with a few of them today.  The Golden-crowned Kinglet is pictured above and a Ruby-crowned Kinglet is in the photo below.

Friday, September 26, 2014

Pectoral Sandpiper

The Pectoral Sandpiper breeds on the arctic tundra in summer and winters in South America.

Monday, September 22, 2014

Farewell to Summer

Leaves begin to fall.
The days grow cool.
Mother Earth pulls her mantle close.
The great Sun sails toward the West.

Land of eternal enchantment,
wrapped in cool nights.
Fruits ripen and seeds drip.
Hours of daylight and darkness are balanced.

In this seeming extinction of nature's power,
I know that life continues.
For spring is impossible without the harvest,
as surely as life is impossible without death.

~ anonymous

Saturday, September 20, 2014

Gray-cheeked Thrush

This is another migrant passing through Western New York.  The Gray-cheeked Thrush breeds in Alaska and far northern Canada in the summer and spends the winter in a southern range that runs from Panama to Brazil.  I was extremely lucky to get these shots since this shy bird tends to hide in thick brush.