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Kinglets are back!

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The Kinglets are back in town!  Small groups of them were in and out of the yard all day today.

Immature Ruby-crowned Kinglet

Male Golden-crowned Kinglet with his crest raised.

Black-capped Chickadee

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Black-capped Chickadee feasting on grapes.

Blackpoll Warbler

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An adult male Blackpoll Warbler in non-breeding plumage.

Cedar Waxwing Release

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These are not my best photos of the year but the story behind them is not something you experience every day... 

This morning I received a phone call from my mother-in-law saying that a woman was trying to get in touch with me about "releasing some birds."  She took the woman's contact information and I gave the mystery lady a call.  It turned out that this woman, named Laura, is a licensed wildlife rehabilitator in the Buffalo area.  She stated that she had two juvenile Cedar Waxwings that were raised since they were hatchlings and were now ready for release.  However, she needed to find a wild flock of Waxwings to release them to in order to give them the best chances for survival.  Laura stated that no one she knew had seen Cedar Waxwings in the Buffalo area for a few weeks and since Waxwings are so nomadic, she wanted to know if I had seen any in Chautauqua County recently.  I told her that I thought I knew where to find a flock.   I ran out during my lunch hour from…

Cabbage White Butterfly on Wild Asters

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Harvest Season

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The area around our property is surrounded by grape vineyards.  The aroma of ripe grapes in the neighborhood is heavenly at this time of the year!

Nashville Warbler

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A Nashville Warbler eating grapes from the wild vines climbing the pine trees in our yard.



Journey South: Whooping Crane Migration Project Set to Begin

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There is also a live Whooping Crane Cam that will be following the team.


Image by Doug Pellerin (used with permission)


Whooping Crane migration being led by human in ultra light aircraft will begin soon.  I followed this blog last year and it was truly incredible to read the daily adventures of their journey from Wisconsin to Florida.

Wilson's Warbler

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It was a cool and overcast first day of Autumn that didn't stop the march of migrants through the woods on our property.  Just before sunset, I was able to catch up with a group of Wilson's Warblers in the thick underbrush.  There were also Common Yellowthroat, Hooded and Mourning Warblers along with some Gray Catbirds, Eastern Towhee, Eastern Phoebe and Least Flycatchers in the yard today.


Cloudy Sunset over Lake Erie

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Monarch Butterfly

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I've seen very few Monarch Butterflies in the area this summer.  Today was the first time I saw one in our yard.  Considering the fact that we have seven acres full of milkweed and wildflowers, their absence is very disturbing.  They are a species in big trouble right now and I hope they can survive this crash in their population.

Full Harvest Moon

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Northern Parula

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Several Northern Parula along with other warblers have been migrating through our yard over the past few days.


Pectoral Sandpiper

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Pied-billed Grebes

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The Pied-billed Grebe is a threatened species in New York State

Waxing Gibbous at 84%

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Foggy Sunset

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Hooded Warbler

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Milkweed Tussock Moth Caterpillar

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Marsh Wren

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Merlin

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Osprey

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Common Yellowthroat

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Glimmer of Sunlight

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Sunbeams breaking through on an otherwise chilly and gloomy late summer day.

Late in the Day

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The storm clouds moved out right before sunset.

Juvenile Common Merganser

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A group of 11 juvenile Common Merganser has been hanging around the Dunkirk Harbor for several weeks now.  Only nine of them fit in this photo but two more were following a few feet behind.

Belted Kingfisher

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Lesser Yellowlegs

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Photo taken at quite a distance under overcast skies.

Fire in the Sky

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Semipalmated Plover

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Fox on the Beach

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Juvenile Sanderlings

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Hooded Warbler

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Southbound Ruby-throated Hummingbird

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Eastern Towhee

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Seasonal Change

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A beautiful sunset ended a day that started out rainy and very windy.  There is definitely a hint of autumn in the air tonight.

Semipalmated Sandpiper

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