Saturday, April 23, 2011

Happy Easter

 

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Copper-rumped Hummingbird from Trinidad

Copper-rumped Hummingbird
Copper-rumped Hummingbird

Another bird from the Asa Wright Nature Center in Trinidad.

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perfect!! beautiful shot - beautiful amazing bird

April 23, 2011 at 11:27 PM  

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Red Breasted Nuthatch

Red Breasted Nuthatch 


We have white-breasted nuthatches all year round in our yard. The red-breasted nuthatch is a rare treat particularly on a dreary day.

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Tufted Titmouse: Photo by Mayda

 

This picture was taken while the bird visited a feeder in my front yard.

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A sunny picture for a rainy day

Pigeon Point, Tobago
Pigeon Point, Tobago
Tropical Kingbird
Tropical Kingbird from Tobago

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May 2, 2011 at 12:50 PM  

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Blue Dacnis from Trinidad

Blue Dacnis
Blue Dacnis

Here's a cute little bird from our March trip to Trinidad and Tobago. We'll keep posting a bird or two from our trip intermixed with New Jersey birds.

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Blogger Patrina's Pencil said...

Almost an unreal color! Awesome - striking! Great shot - thanks for sharing your talent and love for nature with us.

April 24, 2011 at 1:52 AM  

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Bird Photos by Nelson


Kingfisher-Taken on our dock in Stone Harbor


Ospreys- Adolescent ospreys taken on stand in marshland off inland waterway in Stone Harbor.

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Friday, April 22, 2011

Junco Go Home

Dark-eyed Junco
Dark-eyed Junco

The juncos arrive in the early winter and head back to Canada when spring comes. While most have left, we have one remaining, reminding us of that awful long winter.

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Spring Birds from our backyard

Blue-gray Gnatcatcher
Blue-gray Gnatcatcher

Chipping Sparrow
Chipping Sparrow

Ruby-crowned Kinglet
Ruby-crowned Kinglet


We are still deciding whether or when to go to Cape May or Garrett Mountain or Central Park to see the spring bird migration. In the meantime, we are catching a few in our backyward.

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Quick question: when does the Spring Migration peak? I was thinking about checking out Cape May, but thought I'd already missed it.

April 23, 2011 at 11:43 AM  
Blogger Chris and Mike said...

Cape May is nice much of the year. The web site Cape May Calendar has a calendar of activities.  The second week of May is around the peak time, but it does depend on weather, winds, fronts, etc. You won't be disappointed if you are a week or two early or late.

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Northern Gannet takes a plunge at Barnegat Inlet: Photo by Rob.

 

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Sunday, April 17, 2011

NJ BIrds: Blog Post Number One Thousand

Wow, since Our First Blog Post on Feb 16, 2008, we've made 999 posts making this post #1000. We really didn't intend to take on this task and we really weren't birders when we started. It was the red-bellied woodpecker, who we used to call "Mr. Spectacular," that fascinated us first with his brillant red head. We bought our first good camera to photograph him and created the blog to share with friends and family because the photos were too large for some email systems at the time.
Red Bellied Woodpecker

Soon a small migratory duck, the hooded merganser, became our obsession. He is only on our lake a few weeks a year and usually in bad weather. We'll often look for him in late fall, winter and early spring.
Hooded Merganser
The cormorants can be great fun to watch, both fishing and drying their wings while perched.
Cormorants
Eventually, we started to venture out, birding around New Jersey at the Meadowlands, Cape May, and Duke Farms where a bluebird posed for us.
Eastern Bluebird
Although most of the posts are of birds in New Jersey, we've been lucky enough to be able to go birding in California, Florida, Arizona, The Caribbean, and most recently Trinidad and Tobago.

We aren't sure how much longer we can keep this up, but it has been fun learning about birds and sharing our experiences with others.
-Chris and Mike

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Anonymous Mary Feldenkreiss said...

Hi Chris and Mike,

Congratulations on your 1000 posting! It doesn't seem like that long ago that you started the blog but I remember how it started with Mr. Spectacular. Just the way you say. I have been with you all the way! I hope you have enjoyed your blog as much as we have. Please don't stop anytime soon. --Mary

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Lake Nelson returns, just for a day

 

 

The dam at Lake Nelson has been under repair since the late fall. Instead of the lake, there is a small stream running down the center. We've had a few great blue herons fishing in the stream. On Thursday, there were three at once. With all the rain we got on Saturday, Lake Nelson filled up completly. While having coffee early this morning, Mike saw a small duck, and it turned out to be a female hooded merganser. Now, it's not our best merganser photo, but we are happy to have the lake back, if just for a day, and even happier to have the hooded merganser stop by.

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