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

Sunday, November 2, 2014

Waxing Gibbous

Waxing Gibbous Moon at 80% tonight.

Red-necked Phalarope

This delicate little shorebird is rarely seen in our area.  It breeds in Alaska and northern Canada and migrates to the open ocean in the Southern Hemisphere for the winter.  This one is in winter plumage. The red neck coloration is only visible during breeding season.

Killdeer in the Snow

Foraging for food wherever they can find open ground.