Saturday, May 15, 2010
Birding Liberty State Park
We decided to try Liberty State Park for migrating Warblers. We are glad we did. The Scarlet Tanager was the highlight, but we also got a pretty good photo of the American Redstart and saw a Wilson's Warbler for the first time.
Starling eating worms
Yellow Warbler at the celery farm
Later another birder pointed out the yellow warbler's nest in a nearby tree.
House Wrens at the Wren House
Finally! Obviously we do everything we can to attract our little winged friends, and often we are disappointed when our efforts fail at attracting them. We seem to have had some success with the house wrens who are busily building a nest in the wren house we put out. Chris thinks they chose it because they have a lovely view out their front door of a blooming clematis. We can hear them from first thing in the morning and all through the day. Today we went out to two locations for birding, and we left the webcam on the wren house to keep an eye on things for us. Here are some of the best pictures of our resident house wrens.
Blackburnian Warbler and Friends at Garret Mountain
Thursday, May 13, 2010
Incredibly Cute Baby Wood Ducks
We were up in Piermont, NY, the other night to see our friends, Nancy and Dan, and take in the Fred Eaglesmith Band show. We figured we might get some birding in as well because that is what we do. Can you imagine the thrill we felt when one of the first things we saw out the window of our B&B were these adorable baby ducks. We love wood ducks but had never seen any baby ones. Of course, Chris kept frantically counting them as they all tried to keep up with mom who was trying to swim against the current.
Birds from Tallman Mountain State Park, Piermont NY
When we stayed in Piermont, NY our B&B was close to the entrance of Tallman Mountain State Park. We took a brief walk and encountered a few birds. There was quite a bit of singing with the wren, the oriole, red-winged blackbirds and song sparrow competing for our attention.
The yellow warbler got our attention by its color not song.
Red-bellied woodpecker: Photo by Pete
This photo was taken in my backyard today, May 13th, in West Windsor, NJ. I have seen this bird eating from our feeder and finally captured a photo. I had to research what it was and found your site. I wanted to share it.
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Wednesday, May 12, 2010
In May, many migrating birds fly through New Jersey. While we like Cape May, Garret Mountain and other birding hot spots, our neighborhood park is a short walk away and an okay spot to see a few birds high in the treetops. We've got a glimpse of a scarlet tanager two mornings in the past week, but no photos (yet). We also saw a Tennessee warbler. The Baltimore Orioles are active and we've also seen an American Redstart and a common yellowthroat.
Sunday, May 9, 2010
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House Sparrow feeding baby birds
Here the female sparrow is feeding its chicks who are inside a nesting box. The male sparrow was nearby with some food in its mouth, but when we were watching didn't try to feed the baby birds. These photos were taken at the Cassidy Hill Winery in Coventry, Connecticut.