Sunday, October 23, 2016

Juncos Have Returned! - 23 Oct 2016

I saw my first Dark-eyed Junco of the fall Friday afternoon, 21 October 2016 behind the house here at Brownton. Today, there were 10 juncos in the yard! Though they've been around for the past 2 weeks, mostly near the Lake Erie shoreline and parks, this is the first time I've seen them under the feeders.

Other nice sightings include White-throated and White-crowned Sparrows (both juveniles), and a lovely Song Sparrow. Both Ruby-crowned and Golden-crowned Kinglets are making appearances; they are heard more than seen w/ their high-pitched "psiit!" calls.

Friday, October 7, 2016

October Nighthawks! - 06 Oct 2016

Six Common Nighthawks were a very nice surprise this October 6th evening here at Brownton! I grabbed the camera and began the task of trying to capture their erratic and frenetic flight patterns as they swooped and darted for flying insects.

I was also pleasantly surprised to see several juvenile Common Nighthawks among the flock. This was a first for me, and gave me an opportunity to share their distinctive plumage trait: wrist "dots" that only cover three primaries.

It also gave me an opportunity to check out the difference between Common Nighthawks and our more southerly Lesser Nighthawks. Lesser are a bit smaller and more compact, but have their white wrist bands closer to the tips of their primaries. Their bright white throats are also help. This difference makes it easy for me to verify the juvenile Common Nighthawk flying overhead.

Its a good time of the year.

Thursday, October 6, 2016

Turkey Vultures! - 03 Oct 2016

Stepped out onto the deck after dinner this evening and saw a spectacular kettle of over 300 Turkey Vultures over the house! The birds were streaming in from the northeast, kettling over the house, then streaming off to the southwest. The 300mm f/2.8 lens was too much in this case.

Sunday, October 2, 2016

Ruby-throated Hummingbird Continues - 02 Oct 2016

Despite 5 - 10" of rain this past week a single Ruby-throated Hummingbird continues to come to the feeder. Its having to squabble w/ the wasps for a feeding spot, but is managing to share the perch.

Other nice sightings include: Eastern Towhee, House Wren, Northern Flicker, and Red-breasted Nuthatch!

On a side note, we are having a new Birch Tree and Red Maple Tree being planted in back of the house. Their placement may affect placement of the feeders from here out...

Tuesday, September 27, 2016

Still Around! - 26 Sep 2016

A pair of Ruby-throated Hummingbirds continue to come to the feeder in the back yard! They've gotten used to my presence to the point of feeding even while I'm standing next to the feeder.

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