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October Merlin

Posted by on Oct 18, 2017

October Merlin

October is a terrific month to spot some falcons flying by in migration, and like with our winter friends the Snowy Owls, sometimes a pole is the best place to look! If you’re lucky enough you might be able to get an American Kestrel, a Peregrine Falcon, and a Merlin like this all on one day. I would suggest waiting and watching because seeing them soar back into the sky is worth it. Scott Kruitbosch Conservation & Outreach...

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Halloween Sunset

Posted by on Oct 15, 2017

Halloween Sunset

Can a sunset look like autumn or Halloween? I think so because I think this one does! Today’s cold front will finally make it feel a little more like the actual season for a bit. Be sure to try to enjoy some nature this week whether you go bird watching, for a hike, a stroll in the park, playing with the kids or the dog – something, anything, to help your health and well being in the great outdoors. Scott Kruitbosch Conservation & Outreach...

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Swimming Sparrow

Posted by on Oct 9, 2017

Swimming Sparrow

Sparrow diversity will be increasing by the day as we move through October and the temperature finally drops. You can expect to see more familiar faces soon after cold fronts bring cooperative winds. In the mean time we have plenty of the more abundant birds like this Savannah Sparrow utilizing the grasslands, feed plots, gardens, dirt patches, rocks, and waterways of Chautauqua County. Scott Kruitbosch Conservation & Outreach...

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Monarch Chrysalis

Posted by on Oct 7, 2017

Monarch Chrysalis

Let’s switch it up! I have been photographing plenty of butterflies on beautiful fall flowers recently, but this unexpected sight came thanks to the eye of Audubon Connecticut at Stratford Point Land Steward Stefan Martin. The Monarch chrysalis seen here was found yesterday despite the late date, and considering our weather conditions and the favorable location it should have enough time to emerge and head south with all the rest. Scott Kruitbosch Conservation & Outreach...

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Monarch on Calico Aster

Posted by on Oct 5, 2017

Monarch on Calico Aster

I apologize in advance, but I have a touch of Monarch madness, and I cannot help but photograph them nonstop right now! This beauty was feeding on calico aster a couple days ago, helping to highlight why all of those aster species are so important to our pollinators so late in the season… Scott Kruitbosch Conservation & Outreach...

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Common Yellowthroat Sailor

Posted by on Oct 3, 2017

Common Yellowthroat Sailor

You could say this Common Yellowthroat is ready to set sail to the south…fair winds and following seas, friend! Scott Kruitbosch Conservation & Outreach...

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