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Brant Back

Posted by on Nov 7, 2016

Brant Back

Welcome back to the Brant! We missed you. Have you seen any flying by or stopping over near you on their return from the...

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Golden-crowned Kinglet

Posted by on Nov 5, 2016

Golden-crowned Kinglet

Ah, the stick in the face – the bird photographer’s worst nightmare. I still liked this Golden-crowned Kinglet from last weekend, and it gives us a sense of how these little birds navigate deep in the grasslands to find tasty meals like grasshoppers. A few days before this shot I had one all lined up with a big grasshopper in its bill before it dove to devour the meal out of my sight. Alas… Scott Kruitbosch Conservation & Outreach...

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Peregrine Falcon Resting

Posted by on Nov 1, 2016

Peregrine Falcon Resting

One of the most exciting aspects to fall birding is the surge of raptors that push through much of the U.S. on their way south. Some of these species may be moving a few hundred miles, getting to a more temperate region or dispersing from the nest to find their own place, while others will travel thousands of miles and leave the continent. These predators face many of the same perils as songbirds during migration, but they are also flying at the same time as these passerines, making their own journey easier as they can hunt at the same stopover sites for weakened, confused, and fatigued...

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White-throated Sparrow

Posted by on Oct 23, 2016

White-throated Sparrow

They’re back! Yep, the White-throated Sparrows (Zonotrichia albicollis) have returned here, there and everywhere as one of the symbols of fall migration was seen much more frequently birders in the Northeast and Mid-Atlantic during the past couple of weeks. Have they joined you in your yard yet? Winter is indeed...

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Pine Warbler

Posted by on Oct 3, 2016

Pine Warbler

Here is a Pine Warbler (Setophaga pinus) that I enjoying finding last weekend during less than optimal migratory conditions on one of those autumn days that feels like the definition of the seasonal transition. And would you look at that, what is it foraging in? Why a White Pine tree, naturally. They are also one of the first warblers to return in the spring when March is finally beginning to break winter’s hold on the Northeast. Pines are a bright little beacon of spring’s light coming in or summer’s glow heading out. We only have a few more weeks to enjoy a variety of...

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