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Insects to Birds

Posted on Aug 21, 2015

Insects to Birds

It is starting to get darker earlier each day. The sunflowers are growing in height. The insects are peaking, and our bees will be slowing down shortly. For now the flowers are feeding the bugs, but soon enough they will be transitioning to feeding all of the birds pouring down to the south, with the later arriving seed eaters ready to feast on sunflowers right out of the garden. Is it going to be a large irruptive season for the winter finches? While it is too soon to tell for certain, some Red-breasted Nuthatches and Purple Finches seen out of place to the south in a few places late this...

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Share Connecticut eBird Checklists!

Posted on Feb 9, 2015

Share Connecticut eBird Checklists!

Do you live in Connecticut or have you visited the Nutmeg state to bird thus far in 2015? If you entered your sightings into eBird and they included ANY shorebirds, terns, or long-legged waders like this Snowy Egret please share your eBird checklists with us at the Audubon Alliance for Coastal Waterbirds using the eBird share function and our email address: [email protected] This will allow us to learn more about our various target species in multiple ways including habitat and site selection, abundance, distribution, migratory, wintering, and breeding ecology and more. These...

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Juvenile male Green-breasted Mangos (Anthracothorax prevostii)

Posted on Dec 21, 2014

Juvenile male Green-breasted Mangos (Anthracothorax prevostii)

Here we have some juvenile male Green-breasted Mangos (Anthracothorax prevostii) as taken last week in Costa Rica by RTPI Affiliate Sean Graesser. You can see their progress in becoming full adults as their feathers fill in to more brilliant shades. Remember, birds are always usually active in either migrating, breeding, or molting, and it is molting season for many species across our quarter of the world right now.

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Turkey Vulture (Cathartes aura)

Posted on Oct 27, 2014

Turkey Vulture (Cathartes aura)

Here’s a Halloween-themed sight! Non-hawk watchers often ask me, “How do you know if a Turkey Vulture is migrating?” instead of it soaring around looking for a meal. Even this photo can help explain that to some degree. Most folks, even non-birders, can picture a Turkey Vulture in the sky with wings extended, held straight, in a dihedral – wings angled above horizontal. Sometimes this is dramatic and the bird looks like it is making a V. However, if this photo was a silhouette you may think Osprey before anything else. Turkey Vultures on the move at lofty heights,...

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American Pipit (Anthus rubescens) in HD

Posted on Oct 22, 2014

American Pipit (Anthus rubescens) in HD

Right now the migrating American Pipit (Anthus rubescens) can be found on farms and fields in areas such as Chautauqua County to the shores of Lake Erie or the Atlantic Coast. You may see one individual or you may see dozens. This HD video shows how much they as a species enjoy bobbing their tails. It may be a “drab” bird due to its preference for open areas but it certainly has an understated zest.

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