Wednesday, December 31, 2014

Driftwood Beach

"The scattered driftwood bleached and dry.
The wild waves reach their hands for it,

The wild wind raves, the tide runs high,
As up and down the beach we flit - 

Little sandpipers and I."  ~  Celia Thaxter (American poet & author)

Tuesday, December 30, 2014

Yellow-throated Warbler

The Yellow-throated Warbler is common in the southeastern United States and thrives in and around swampy forests covered in Spanish moss.

Sunday, December 28, 2014

Roseate Spoonbill et al

A Roseate Spoonbill, Wood Storks, Snowy Egrets and Tricolored Heron roosting together at high tide on Jekyll Island, Georgia.

Wood Stork in flight (below)

Friday, December 26, 2014

Thursday, December 18, 2014

"To live is the rarest thing in the world.  Most people exist, that is all."  ~  Oscar Wilde

Monday, December 15, 2014

Friday, December 12, 2014

Ring-necked Pheasant

Not the best photos of this guy since he doesn't stand still for long.  He has been visiting bird feeders in our neighborhood.

Sunday, December 7, 2014

Thursday, December 4, 2014

Tundra Swans in Flight

"We cannot stop the winter or summer from coming.  We cannot stop the spring or the fall or make them other than they are.  They are gifts from the Universe that we cannot refuse.  But we can choose what we will contribute to life when each arrives."  ~  Gary Zukov (author of The Seat of the Soul)

Tuesday, December 2, 2014

Snowy Owl

It certainly appears that we are in for another Snowy Owl irruption this winter.  For an informative blog post on this unprecedented back-to-back irruption year, click here.

Friday, November 28, 2014

Scenes at Dusk

A trio of White-tailed Deer in lightly falling snow 

and Canada Geese flying in a southwesterly direction just before sunset.

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Lake Effect Snow

The wall of lake effect snow over Lake Erie is highlighted by the sunrise this morning.

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Sunday, November 16, 2014

Dark-eyed Junco

This is the Oregon version of the Dark-eyed Junco which is considered a rarity in western New York.

Saturday, November 15, 2014

Snowy Owl

Spotted my first Snowy Owl of the season this morning.  It was quite far away for photos but it's nice to see them return!  It appears that we are in for another irruption this winter.  For an informative blog post on this unprecedented back-to-back Snowy Owl irruption, click here.

Thursday, November 13, 2014

Sharp-shinned Hawk

A Sharp-shinned Hawk during a period of heavy snow today.  It had just caught a Slate-colored Junco. 

Wednesday, November 12, 2014

Tuesday, November 11, 2014

Carolina Wrens

On this unusually warm and sunny November day, the Carolina Wrens were out and about and actually singing!

Sunday, November 9, 2014

American Tree Sparrow

Tree Sparrows have returned for the winter months.  They spend the summer and breed on the tundra  in the far northern regions of Canada and Alaska.

Wednesday, November 5, 2014

Magnolia Warbler