Thursday, September 23, 2010

Golden-crowned Kinglet

Golden-crowned Kinglet

It just felt like a warbler morning this morning after last night's thunderstorm, so we stepped outside with our coffee. We were quickly rewarded with a good showing of fall migrants this morning. What a way to welcome the first day of fall! We had this little darling, the Kinglet, along with two Northern Parulas, a yellow warbler, a brown creeper, and even a red breasted nuthatch. Can't wait to see what tomorrow morning brings.

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Great Blue Heron on Floating Island

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Mother and Baby Beaver


Not the best picture, but you can see the size of the baby.

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Wednesday, September 22, 2010

Baby Beaver on Lake Nelson

Beaver
Baby Beaver

Last night we saw a baby beaver swimming with its parent. It was too dark to get a photo with the DSLR. The beavers usually stick to a schedule, so tonight we were out at the same time with the older camera with a flash. The baby is really cute. Last night it ate some plants from our floating island planter. Tonight it nibbled on some leaves at the shore. It was curious about the flash camera and came closer for some photos.

There was a heron on the island for a few hours. We will post pictures when we have time.

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Sunday, September 19, 2010

Bobolink from Cape May

Bobolink
Bobolink

So, we've always wanted to see a bobolink in part because Bo-Bo-Link is fun to say. Turns out, they are actually called Bob-o-Links, not Bo-Bo-Links. We were describing a bird we had seen to some other birders and asking if it could possibly have been this, that, or the other bird. When we said we wondered if it was a Bo-Bo-Link, we found out we had been pronouncing its name wrong. Maybe if we hadn't been so careless with its name, we would have seen one sooner? Still, we think it's more fun to call it a Bo-Bo-Link, but we'll try and correct ourselves in the future. And we still hope to see a summer male Bobolink with that crazy white hairdo.

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Red Breasted Nuthatch

Red Breasted Nuthatch

The Red Breasted Nuthatch was one of the four life birds we saw on our trip to Cape May. We saw this one at the Cape May Bird Observatory coming to one of the feeders. We see plenty of White Breasted Nuthatches at the trees and bird feeders at our house, but we've always been hoping to see this variety due to its more pronounced eye markings.

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More Birds from Cape May


Brown Thrasher
Brown Thrasher

Yellow Warbler (female)
Yellow Warbler

Common Yellowthroat (female)
Common Yellowthroat (female)

Hummingbird
Hummingbird


Northern Parula
Northern Parula

American Redstart (female)
American Redstart (female)

Wet Bird
Unidentified Wet Bird

Black and White Warbler
Black and White Warbler

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More water birds from Cape May


Blue-winged Teal
Blue Winged Teal

Black Bellied Whistling Ducks
Black Bellied Whistling Ducks
Black Bellied Whistling Ducks

American Wigeon
American Wigeon

Sora
Sora

Snowy Egret
Snowy Egret

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Black Skimmers from Cape May

Black Skimmer

Black Skimmer

Black Skimmer

Black Skimmers Black Skimmer

Mike has always been wanting to get a photo of the black skimmers in their classic skimming maneuver. We were actually sitting on a bench at the Meadows when we first saw the flock, and we were too far away to photograph them. Chris had to console Mike with the fact that if we hadn't been sitting for a rest in the first place, he wouldn't even have seen them and it was okay that he didn't get any pictures. Luckily, when we started up walking again and were around a different side of the lake, a flock of 20 came by and we were closer and had good lighting to get some nice photos (along with many blurry ones with half a bird in them.)

After watching the skimmers for a while, Chris scanned the lake and found a Sora.

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Blue Gray Gnatcatcher from Cape May Point

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More Butterflies from Cape May

Butterflies from Cape May

Monarch Butterfly Butterrflies from Cape May fall migration

Butterflies
Monarch Butterfly from Cape May

You had to see it to believe it. We saw more butterflies in one day at Cape May than in our prior fifty years. The beauty of this phenomenon seemed to be having a positive effect on all who encountered it; burly looking men smiling from ear to ear, perfectly sane looking women talking out loud to them, and children mesmerized.

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