Tuesday, April 30, 2013

Monday, April 29, 2013

Look who's back in town!

First Ruby-throated Hummingbird of the year at one of my feeders today.

Gulf Crossing: Story of Spring

A nicely done 55 minute video documentary about birds migrating across the Gulf of Mexico.
The video was made by Jackson Childs of Harvard University.

Sunday, April 28, 2013

A Robin's Photo Shoot

This was one very cooperative Robin!

Photogenic too!

House Wren

I checked the yard for returning migrants this afternoon and found that the House Wrens are here!  This upcoming week should be lots of fun because we should see a large influx of different species.

The Feared Hunter

There were no birds or squirrels at the feeders in our yard on this beautiful spring morning.  I knew someone or something must have spooked them.  A short search turned up this culprit perched on a cable attached to the house.

Thursday, April 25, 2013

Western Tanager

This Western Tanager recently showed up in Western New York State!  Maybe he took a wrong turn or was blown off course by storms in the midwest.  This beautiful vagrant is WAY out of its normal range by well over 1,000 miles.  At least he is eating well. In the photo below he is seen with suet on his beak from a backyard feeder in Irving, New York.

Monday, April 22, 2013

Spring Ephemerals

Trout Lily (Erythronium americanum)  These spring wildflowers live in old growth colonies that may be as much as 300 years old.   

Spring Beauty (Claytonia virginica)

Happy Earth Day!

"The wealth of the nation is its air, water, soil, forests, minerals, rivers, lakes, oceans, scenic beauty, wildlife habitats and biodiversity… that’s all there is. That’s the whole economy. That’s where all the economic activity and jobs come from. These biological systems are the sustaining wealth of the world."  ~   Gaylord Nelson

Sunday, April 21, 2013


Post sunset glow as seen from our backyard this evening.

Wild Turkey Strut

This Tom was strutting his stuff for three hens in the corn field, but none of them seemed to be paying any attention to the poor guy.

Thursday, April 18, 2013

Tuesday, April 9, 2013

Immature Bald Eagle

Another Eagle appeared in our yard this morning.  They usually hunt the birds at the feeders.  However, I threw a chicken carcass out there last night assuming that the Great Horned Owls in the area would take care of it overnight.  What a great surprise this was instead!

Monday, April 8, 2013

Spring Song

Male Red-winged Blackbird

Eastern Towhee

The first Towhee of the season makes his appearance.  I have to appreciate seeing them now because when the trees and bushes leaf out, we will hear them singing every day but seldom see them.

Saturday, April 6, 2013

Redpoll Portrait

One last portrait of a Common Redpoll until next winter.  Only a few small groups seem to be passing through the area now.  Some stop by for food and rest at the feeders in our backyard on their journey to the far northern latitudes.

Friday, April 5, 2013

Caspian Terns

The Caspians are back! I spotted three on the beach for the first time this year.

Tuesday, April 2, 2013

Brown-headed Nuthatch