Thursday, February 15, 2024

Window watch

On Tuesday night, a coastal cyclone type storm (Nor'easter, so named because its strongest winds are from the northeast) pounded us with high winds and overnight snowfall accumulation of 14 inches ( 35 cm). The next day the sky was clear, but the temperature remained well below freezing with strong  gusty winds. Lights flickered and some residents lost electrical power.

The day before the storm hit was sunny and the wind was calm. I walked out in the back yard a few times, hoping to see some birds in their natural habitat. My only photo opportunity occurred when two Red-shouldered Hawks flew rather high overhead.  I obtained only one clear shot before they continued on:

Back to my window, an Eastern Bluebird approached the heated bird bath, only about 5 feet away. I quickly switched the lens mode to macro and got fairly good focus but limited field of view. The deep shadows attenuated the brilliance of the bluebird's plumage:

Other birds appeared at a more comfortable distance for my long lens. 

A male bluebird was a fleeting subject:


An American Robin perched in the bare Aspen:

A male Red-bellied Woodpecker perched nearby. I increased the saturation to better show its eponymic red underbody.

Reliable feeder birds included...

Male Downy Woodpecker:

Male Northern Cardinal:

A brown-striped White-throated Sparrow:

A possessive Blue Jay:




Turkey Vultures had been absent the past several weeks, but a pair showed up warming their toes on a neighbor's chimney:

Sunset on February 6:

Striped Skunk caught on Ring security camera February 15:

For my Reflection meme, I had to go back to a November, 2009 view of sunrise from our back patio in Florida, 

This week's header: Sunset on February 12, 2024

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Thursday, February 8, 2024

Bluebirds brighten the day

When I started birding as a kid in New Jersey in the 1940's, Eastern Bluebirds were generally absent from the northeastern US during the winter, although some did persist all year in coastal areas. They have since expanded their year-round range northward and inland, to include southern New England. The provision of artificial nest boxes as well as other factors such as climate change and feeders probably played a role. Indeed, bluebirds may make use of bird houses during cold weather.

I was rather surprised to see a flock of over a dozen bluebirds descend on our small holly bushes to glean the berries left over by the robins. They also inspected our back yard bird houses. Possibly, some may have been raised in one of them:


Some lingered by the feeders:


This female bluebird foraged under the feeder in the shadow of the picket fence:

She looked up, hoping that the Red-bellied Woodpecker might drop some more suet crumbs:

A Black-capped Chickadee perched nearby:

A European Starling made a brief appearance:

A Song Sparrow searched for scattered seeds:


A White-tailed Doe looked out from behind the shrubs in the side yard:

Warm rain melted all the snow, and this week we got to take our first walk along the lake in over a month. The ice was starting to break up, and the weather forecast was for cold but clear skies:


To our surprise, light snow fell that evening, but melted in the morning under bright sun:

There was a colorful sunset on February 4:

View from the porthole window:

This week's header: Sunset February 4


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