Tuesday, April 17, 2012

Glossy Ibis & others

I made a few stops today after work. First stop was PRNWR, lots of Flickers and a good number of Kestrels. Also 3 Snowy Egrets in the pannes. On my way to Ipswich I stopped at the Pilkes Pannes on 1A, about 30 Glossy Ibis were there. First Glossy of the year. Next I shot over to Ipswich to check on the Great Horned Owl nest, still no owlets...just mom in the 80 degree heat.

Last stop was Nelsons Island, a few Yellow Rumped Warblers. Also a first of the year.

Tuesday, April 10, 2012

Spring Migration

For a few quick stops I had some great birds, and a few great pics. I found a Palm Warbler in the Hellcat lot hanging out with a few Chipping Sparrows. Kestrels continue to be EVERYWHERE, I saw 15-20 of them. & finally a good shot of a female sitting on a wire. Other highlights were an Eastern Meadow Lark, Snowy & Great Egrets, 1 Snowy Owl, and a number of Greater Yellow-legs in the marsh. 

Palm Warbler

Chipping S

Photo Shop Edit; pic from a month ago...I just love this picture

Saturday, April 7, 2012

Kestrel migration

This weekend was a pretty incredible one for American Kestrels, seeing about 40 of them since Friday. All over Plum Island! Lots of other great Raptor highlights: Merlin, Peregrine Falcon, Snowy Owl, Short-eared Owl, Bald Eagle...then the regulars to.  I took a few pictures, mainly this weekend was more watching than pictures though.
Just a bit to far for the lens

6 am...First light Red-tailed

Quick stop by the parents found a pile of Turkeys, not a big fan, but this was impressive none the less

photo shop turkey

Sunday, April 1, 2012


Some good birding this weekend, a stop by the Morris farm today yielded a good number of Blue Birds & some Tree Swallows. Also some other cool animals as always; Tina is mothering some baby snapping turtles, and 2 rare Blanding's Turtle. Both will be released pretty soon. Pictures are in no sort of order from the days events.

Caught this guy in the Witch Hollow gardern

Baby snappers

Later caught a Snowy in the reserve  in the Pines field along with hundreds of peeps off Sandy Point. Dunlin & some sanderlings.  Also the FOY Snowy Egret at North Pool