Saturday, April 9, 2011

Return of the Black-crowned Night Heron

Night Heron
Night Heron
The Lake Nelson Night Heron has returned from his winter vacation to his favorite tree.  It's now been three years that he comes back to this tree where he sleeps during the day and fishes at night.

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Northern Flicker

Northern Flicker
Northern Flicker
The spring migration has reached our backyard.

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Blogger double-d said...

Had one of these in our yard today in Hardyston Twp. in Sussex county

April 25, 2011 at 11:27 AM  

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Friday, April 8, 2011

White-necked Jacobin, Trinidad

White-necked Jacobin
White-necked Jacobin

This hummingbird was a regular and constant visitor to the feeders at Asa Wright Nature Center.  Not a shy little bird at all and very entertaining to watch.

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Bushtit

Bushtit
Bushtit
One more from San Diego

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Bicolored Conebill from Trinidad


Bicolored Conebill (male)
Bicolored Conebill (male)

Bicolored Conebill (female)
Bicolored Conebill (female)
Bicolored Conebill (female)
Birding can be full of pleasant little surprises.  Before our trip, we spent some time looking through our field guides to have some working knowledge of which birds we might see.  Obviously, the ones with very vibrant colors or unusual characteristics were easier to remember.  On the day we set out to see the Scarlett Ibis, we also spent some time looking around on our own behind the visitor center.  It wasn't long before Chris said, there's a nice little blue bird out here.  So while at the time we didn't know what type of bird it was, we just enjoyed watching it and its mate and then did our research afterwards to learn about the Conebills.

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Eaglecam: The Eagle's Nest at Duke Farms

There is a web cam at a bald eagle's nest on Duke Farms in Hillsborough, NJ. A screen capture is below. The live web cam feed can be accessed from the Duke Farms Eaglecam web site or if all works well, clicking on the bottom image. As of today, one eagle chick has hatched.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

One of the chicks has something hanging from its beak, like a twig or a fishing line...help!

April 26, 2011 at 4:35 PM  

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Audubon's Warbler from San Diego

Audubon's Warbler
Audubon's Warbler
One more from San Diego: An Audobon's Warbler. This is a subspecies of the yellow rumped warbler or a distinct species depending upon who you talk to.

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Tuesday, April 5, 2011

Summer Tanager

Summer Tanager
Summer Tanager

Frequent readers of this blog will be familiar with the story. Mike had a business trip, this time to San Diego, and got up early to go birding before his meeting. With a little advance planning and internet search, he found a location where an interesting bird had been spotted recently. This time, the bird was a summer tanager.

A special thanks to SDBIRDS and Wendy of San Diego for describing the location of this bird.

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Sunday, April 3, 2011

Red-headed Woodpecker

Red-headed Woodpecker
Red-headed Woodpecker
We went to Glenhurst Meadows in Warren, NJ because some red-headed woodpeckers were reported there. After about 30 minutes, Chris spotted one and we enjoyed watching and photographing it.

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Anonymous Anonymous said...

Nice shot Chris and Mike. Would you please give an idea where you saw the bird. I was at Glenhurst this afternoon and did not find the bird. Were you near the farm entrance? Is there a certain trail leading to the bird? Thanks for your help. This is a great location.
Sandy

April 3, 2011 at 11:15 PM  
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It was our first time there. Beginner's luck? We used the info from previous reports. We parked near the community garden and silo. The bird was seen in the big trees to the left if you are looking out into the field. It spent a lot of time in the three front trees to the far left. We didn't find any trails, but we walked out a little from the lot until it got too wet.

April 4, 2011 at 9:58 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Thank you so much. Will try again there soon. Sandy

April 6, 2011 at 8:08 AM  

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Tree Swallow and Eastern Bluebird also from Glenhurst Meadows

Tree Swallow
Tree Swallow
Eastern Bluebird
Eastern Bluebird

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