"A Sand County Almanac"

"THERE ARE SOME WHO CAN LIVE WITHOUT WILD THINGS AND SOME WHO CANNOT."
"FOR US IN THE MINORITY THE OPPORTUNITY TO SEE GEESE IS MORE IMPORTANT THAN TELEVISION.".....Aldo Leopold




"LOOK DEEP INTO NATURE, AND THEN YOU WILL UNDERSTAND EVERYTHING BETTER".....Albert Einstein


Saturday, December 9, 2017

Recent Bird Sightings

A variety of birds have been appearing in our area recently.  Here is a sample of the ones I have been seeing.

Ruby-crowned kinglet...





American goldfinch...



Northern mockingbird...



Cedar waxwing...



Eastern bluebird...



Golden-crowned kinglet...





Northern cardinal...





American robin...





Mourning dove...



Dark-eyed junco...



Belted kingfisher...





Crow...




Turkey vulture...



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Sunday, December 3, 2017

Catfish, It's What's For Dinner

Small streams may offer big rewards to those who are patient.  This great blue heron, bent on finding a meal, is one example...







The hungry bird quickly zoomed in on the hapless catfish...



The size of the fish meant the heron had to dip it into the water several times to prepare it for swallowing...





Finally, the bird deftly positioned the fish for a head-first descent...



And down it went...



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Thursday, November 30, 2017

Flicker, Red-Bellied and Downy

Locating birds to photograph without the use of a feeder can sometimes be problematic, but sometimes it can seem easy.
Northern flickers are especially skittish so I was grateful to get these photos recently...









The tiny downy woodpecker is always moving...











This one was checking out an existing hole, possibly thinking of shelter for the night...





Enjoying a dip on a warm afternoon...



Until a cardinal wants to share the bathing spot...



Red-bellied woodpeckers are common and usually cooperative...







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Saturday, November 18, 2017

Familiar Colors And Unexpected Surprise

It seems that fall colors came late, and didn't last long, in our area this year.  The following images were captured while searching for wildlife...





In Maryland, a land owner can mark their property as "posted" by painting a blue blaze on a tree, rock, etc...




 I was driving on a mountain road with a friend a few days ago when this black bear crossed in front of us, the first I have seen after living in Maryland for forty four years...


I was able to zoom in for a closer view before the bear departed...


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