The right time, right place, right angle, right exposure and a lot of patience are all required to capture the full brilliance of a Hummingbird’s gorget. The gorget is the brilliantly colored area on the throat of a male Hummingbird and is a result of iridescence and not color pigments. *The throat feathers on a […]
UPDATE: It’s been brought to my attention that this bird is not a fledgling but a first year male. Although I watched this bird begging and being fed by an adult male, I assumed it was a fledgling. My bad! You all know what assuming does. Many thanks to @_CabinGirl Tami Vogel for bringing this […]
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 […]
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.
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 […]
American Robin – Turdus migratorius This American Robin was singing its heart out Sunday morning. It was also being territorial, chasing other Robins from the area and returning to its “singing perch.” I don’t mind at all that this Robin woke me up early Sunday morning. I’d much rather hear the song of this beautiful bird than the […]
Song Sparrow – Melospiza melodia From nearly every prominence on the vegetation that grows in our backyard, a Song Sparrow is singing. The glorious sounds of Spring and the hope that ol’ man Winter doesn’t have any more tricks up his sleeve. Song Sparrows have the greatest number of genetically distinct populations of any bird in […]