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Happy Half New Year!

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It's hard to believe that 2014 is half over.

Incoming Storm

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Storm coming into the area over Lake Erie this evening.

Ovenbird

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The Ovenbird is a noisy little wood warbler that loves to stay in the darkest part of the forest.  It makes a domed nest with leaves that looks like a little outdoor oven.  It has a pretty orange crown that is slightly visible in the photo below.

Grasshopper Sparrow

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I always love finding these secretive little birds that are considered endangered in New York State.

Water Colors

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The colors reflected on the surface of Lake Erie stole the show from the sky this evening.


Red Lilies

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Summer Sunset

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Baltimore Oriole

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Can you spot the Oriole's hanging nest in the photo below?

Click on the photo for an expanded view.

Blue Dasher

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Swamp Sparrow

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Swarm of Skippers

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A swarm of Least Skippers puddling in moist soil for salts and minerals. 

Photos taken at the Canadaway Creek WMA in Arkwright, New York.

Approaching Thunderstorm

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Muted sunset over Lake Erie before an approaching thunderstorm this evening.

Wood Duck

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Rose-breasted Grosbeak

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Tonight's Sunset

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Viceroy Butterfly

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The Viceroy is often mistaken for a Monarch but is has a different wing pattern and is smaller in size.


Blackburnian Warbler

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Another beautiful warbler that migrates all the way from South America to breed in our northern forests.  No other warbler found here has an orange throat.

Black-throated Blue Warbler

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The beautiful Black-throated Blue Warbler breeds in our thick northern woods during the summer and spends the winter in the Caribbean.  It lives in the best of both worlds!


Eastern Newt

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This Eastern Newt is in the red eft terrestrial phase of its life.

Wild Roses

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The wild roses on our property always open in early to mid-June.  They are right on schedule.


"Nature does not hurry, yet everything is accomplished." ~ Lao Tzu

Veery

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The Veery is easily my favorite songbird.  If you're not familiar with their call, click here to listen.

Indigo Buntings

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Tiger Swallowtail

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Canada Geese

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Wild Turkey

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These photos were taken in poor light and through glass, but this big Tom was right outside our living room window yesterday and again this morning.

Chestnut-sided Warbler

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Tonight's Sunset

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Savannah Sparrow

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Grasshopper Sparrow

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Found two of these uncommon little gems today.

American Redstart

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Photo above appears to be immature male and below is an adult male that wouldn't look in my direction.