Saturday, March 7, 2009

Hurry up Spring, we are tired of winter.

Robin 


Here's a photo of the first robin in our yard.

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Sandhill Cranes Photo by Brian and Cindy in Franklin Twp

 

I have been seeing the same two sandhill cranes in Franklin twp over the last 3 weeks and I finally got a picture. They were pretty far away and I took the picture with my digital camera through my binoculars. A rare sight for New Jersey.

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Monday, March 2, 2009

Northern Cardinal on a snowy day

Northern Cardinal 

It's always nice to see the bright red cardinals on an overcast snowy day. They sure know how to cheer a person up.

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Anonymous Anonymous said...

what is the difference between a male and female cardinal

January 8, 2011 at 9:10 AM  

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Common Mergansers take a snow day on Lake Nelson

Common Mergansers 


We've never seen so many common mergansers.

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Hawk Photo by Jan

 

As far as I can tell this is a red-tailed hawk that parked itself on a branch in our back yard recently for a couple of hours. I didn't actually see the tail so can't guarantee the identification but from other pictures I've seen it appears to be a match.

Jan

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Hawk Photo by Matt

 


This fellow was hanging by my bird feeder.

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Sunday, March 1, 2009

Hawk waiting under the feeder

Sharpshined hawk 

Cardinal 


We're pretty sure this is a sharp-shinned hawk. It has been hunting by the feeder today, and once landed exactly where the cardinal had been perched previously. We know it has to eat too, but we're glad we haven't seen it catch any of our little friends. It's welcome to all the grackle it wants!

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Anonymous Julian said...

You made me laugh. But I have no quarrel with the Grackle. We do not have many coniferous trees in my neighbourhood nor oaks, and are largely grackle and 'squirrel' free. However, a cocky and ill-mannered gang of Starlings- the illegal immigrants of the bird world- have been getting a little greedy with the suet, and If the Peregrine falcon (yes Peregrine Falcon!) that has been cruising the birdseed and suet buffet beneath our wild cherry tree needs a quick meal, I wouldn't mind so much if it is these avaricious bullies who are on the menu. But in all fairness, the titmice were chasing the Nuthatch (my favourite!) away from the new peanut butter and raisin suet I bought today, and scolding everyone terribly. Even the little chickadees who always seem to be in charge...lol I'll try to get a picture of that falcon, but he lands and then flies off in seconds.

Cheers!
-Julian
Egg Harbour Township

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Contributed Photos: Red Bellied Woodpecker, Hawk, and Mockingbird

 
Male Red-Bellied Woodpecker
I have spent the last several days listening to several woodpeckers pecking away and finally this morning I spotted this Male pecking away. Red-Bellied Woodpeckers are my favorite bird! This photo was taken by misseymarie in Butler.


 
Hawk
This hawk has been hanging out in my backyard for some time. I finally got a pic. Usually it flies away before I get the camera. Any ideas of what kind it may be????
Sandy- Piscataway, NJ

 
Mockingbird
S. Sriram, Florham Park, NJ

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Lesser Scaups

Lesser Scaups 

 

 

 
Rounding out today's water fowl are two male lesser scaups, who seem to be mostly napping. We spent quite some time outside and finally got a picture of them awake. They seem to get along with the other ducks.

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Today's Mergansers

Today we're lucky enough to have larger than usual groupings of both the hooded and common mergansers.
Hooded Mergansers 

Female Common Mergansers 

Female Common Merganser 

Female Common Merganser 

The top photo shows one of the pairs of hooded mergansers that have been floating around Lake Nelson today. The bottom three photos are female common mergansers: fighting over whose fish it is, showing off, and having a bad hair day.

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