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American Redstart Changing into Fall Plumage

Posted by on Jul 17, 2017

American Redstart Changing into Fall Plumage

Many of our migratory birds are on their second or third brood for the season already and slowly are starting to prepare for their journey south. Most flashy warblers molt out of their brightly colored breeding plumage in the next few weeks and will start migration once all flight feathers are grown in to the point that they can safely sustain their long journey. Although we have not quite reached Roger Tory Peterson’s notorious “Confusing Fall Warblers” level of alternate plumage yet, the first signs are here. Even though this male American Redstart still displays its characteristic black...

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Root for Rain!

Posted by on Dec 15, 2016

Root for Rain!

I post this U.S. Drought Monitor map periodically, and most of the time the focus is on a specific region. However, this December looks to be continuing both short and long-term droughts across wide swaths of the country. California’s disaster will need years or longer to heal, but the Rocky Mountains and Great Plains are also seeing some dry areas. The Southeast has turned very dry while our Northeast continues a severe to even extreme drought as well. The Great Lakes are helping our region stay near precipitation averages, but much of the rest of the country seems to be on a tough...

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Butter & Eggs

Posted by on Dec 14, 2016

Butter & Eggs

The growing season has ended under feet of snow for some of us, but here’s a look at the delicious looking Butter and Eggs (Linaria vulgaris) during much warmer and greener times! Think of these moments this...

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Snowy Owl Season

Posted by on Dec 7, 2016

Snowy Owl Season

Welcome back to Snowy Owl season! I took these photographs of a very calm and sleepy Snowy Owl (Bubo scandiacus) today at Silver Sands State Park in Milford, Connecticut. One had been reported about a week ago in the area, though it was not seen again until the last couple of days. I was able to go over and briefly enjoy this bird sitting on a rock jetty along Long Island Sound with a few other birders. It was in the perfect place to be seen and not disturbed, and unknowing folks taking a walk or jogging were mostly on the nearby boardwalk and far enough away from the owl so that it did not...

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Yellow-rumped Warbler Portrait

Posted by on Nov 27, 2016

Yellow-rumped Warbler Portrait

The Yellow-rumped Warblers have now mostly departed, but this recent individual allowed for a close portrait while doing some midday...

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