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Summer Ends Sunset

Posted by on Sep 26, 2016

Summer Ends Sunset

Here was a summer ending sunset last week with the feel of autumn as the leaves are beginning to slowly turn to begin our journey into the beauty of fall foliage. The four seasons are what make the outdoors so special here in our neck of the...

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Cicadas

Posted by on Sep 14, 2016

Cicadas

Here, there and everywhere you can hear the cicadas calling! The sound is one of the signs of summer’s end…all part of a feast for the...

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Red-breasted Nuthatch Invasion

Posted by on Sep 5, 2016

Red-breasted Nuthatch Invasion

Who turned the Red-breasted Nuthatch (Sitta canadensis) switch on? The most noticeable trend thus far in this autumn migration has been the appearance of Red-breasted Nuthatches all over the place in the Northeast. Birders have reported them at migratory hotspots, in yards where they are not resident, and even noticeable increases in abundance at locations where they are found year-round. While I have enjoyed hearing their nasal, honking calls and seeing them frantically dashing overhead from tree to tree, I was not able to adequately photograph any of these arrivals until this past weekend....

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Red-spotted Purple (Limenitis arthemis)

Posted by on Sep 4, 2016

Red-spotted Purple (Limenitis arthemis)

Even as we enter September there are still plenty of beautiful butterflies on the wing like this Red-spotted Purple (Limenitis arthemis) photographed yesterday. It has some wear and tear, and it is a bit faded, but the exquisite design still shines brightly on a gray day. Take a look at all the shots it allowed me to capture while nectaring on this butterfly bush. You can see there are rips on the wings with the edges have been worn away, but what is most striking to me is how those wings still reflect and change light. The colors appear to be duller, bolder, brighter, darker, more vibrant...

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Least Flycatcher (Empidonax minimus)

Posted by on Sep 2, 2016

Least Flycatcher (Empidonax minimus)

I love the Least Flycatcher’s scientific name (Empidonax minimus) as it is so very easy to understand. The tiniest of the empidonax flycatchers has a bold eye ring, and any yellow or green you seen on the feathers of this bird was a reflection of today’s warm morning light off the surrounding foliage. This was one of many cool migrants I enjoyed early this Friday, and the kind bird posed so well for me during an otherwise frustrating photography day. I wish you a wonderful Labor Day weekend of heading outdoors to see what you can find. It will also be a weekend of seeing what is...

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