Common Grackle – Quiscalus quiscula
Earlier this Spring, we were over-run with Grackles. They went through suet like it was going out of style, consuming 2 – 3 cakes a day. Because of our cloudy and wet Spring, I was never able to get a good photo of the Grackle, highlighting its iridescent purple and bronze plumage. These days, there are only a few around and I’m sure they are nesting in the area. Continue reading Photo of the Day: Common Grackle
With wings spun of silver and hearts of gold,
These tiny creatures our hearts behold.
With angelic features and colors so bright,
Make even the heaviest heart seem light.
The magical way they flit through the sky,
They appear, then vanish in the blink of an eye.
They’re sending a message for us to retrieve,
Anything’s possible for those who believe!
Continue reading Nature’s Jewel: Ruby-throated Hummingbird
Northern (Yellow Shafted) Flicker – Colaptes auratus
I am not going to woo you with a photo of a bird with sharp, sparkling eyes. Nor will I pique your interest with a photo that presents a bird with a beak full of insects. As a matter of fact, you can’t see the eyes or beak on this beautiful bird. What you will see is the reason for the name of this bird. Continue reading Photo of the Day: Northern Flicker
Birding on the run. I’m sure you’ve done it. All to frequently we find precious little time for engaging in the activities we like, such as birding. But not all is lost. By being prepared and making better use of what little time that we do have, birding can be added into our every day activities. Continue reading Birding on the Run
The Alewife run at Damariscotta Mills, Maine is an annual event that I look forward to every year. Like a child anticipating Christmas day, I get restless and giddy waiting for the peak inland run from the ocean to their fresh water spawning grounds in Damariscotta Lake. Peak run this year was delayed by cool rainy weather, but it’s in full force now. The area is the best location that I’ve found to photography Osprey catching Alewives. Continue reading Osprey Catching Alewife
This male Ruby-throated Hummingbird was defending “his” nectar feeder and chased away any bird that dared to approach it, including Chickadees and Goldfinches. This particular Hummingbird has a favorite perch above the feeder, which made it somewhat easy to photograph. I’ve never attempted a half body portrait on such a small bird before. It took a sturdy tripod, a lot of patience and many, many captures before getting a few decent keepers. Continue reading Photo of the Day: Hummingbird Portrait
Baltimore Oriole – Icterus galbula
The Baltimore Oriole, with its flute-like song, is a bird we eagerly anticipate every Spring. We place orange halves and grape jelly feeders throughout the yard hoping to attract these beautiful birds. The Baltimore Oriole was late arriving in our part of Maine this year. Cold, wet weather with unfavorable winds delayed the northward migration until conditions improved during the mid-May time period. Continue reading Baltimore Oriole