Monday, March 31, 2014

Saturday, March 29, 2014

Stick Season, Dark-eyed Junco

It is stick season here in New England. Shades of brown are everywhere. At least this Dark-eyed Junco brings a little cheer to the yard.

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Thursday, March 27, 2014

White-breasted Nuthatch

Just for fun, here are some White-breasted Nuthatches that I shot Saturday Morning. This male is definitely the Cock-of-the-Rock.

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©2014 Steve Borichevsky

Early spring yard birds.

There is a lot of chattering going on in the yard. Here are some early spring birds.

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The American Goldfinch are starting to change out of their drab winter colors.

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Other birds in the yard are the Pine Siskin and Downy Woodpecker.

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Our Tufted Titmouse is rather shy. Every once in a while I get to take a shot or two. The buds on the Red Maples are starting to plump up.

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But not without getting scolded!

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Wednesday, March 26, 2014

Red-necked Grebe

I spend a little time with a Red-necked Grebe that was diving at the Town Landing on the Ipswich River in Ipswich, Massachusetts. Here is a little photo study for your enjoyment.

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©2014 Steve Borichevsky

©2014 Steve Borichevsky

©2014 Steve Borichevsky

Tuesday, March 25, 2014

Gambel’s Quail

I was fortunate enough to get to work with some Gambel’s Quail in Arizona. Enjoy!

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Be sure to visit Wild Bird Wednesday this week!

Monday, March 24, 2014

Sunday, March 23, 2014

One of our Osprey arrived this morning!

When I woke up this morning, I saw an Osprey on the nest platform. Last year we had a couple tending a nest and then they suddenly stopped. We’re hoping for better success this year.

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©2014 Steve Borichevsky

Soldier’s Pass, Sedona Arizona

On March 16th, I was reminiscing about the day trip we took to Sedona, Arizona and I promised that I would show you some images from Soldier’s Pass hike that Becky and I took.

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One of the landmarks along the walk is this giant sinkhole. I peered over the edge. I didn’t see any Corvettes at the bottom.

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Walking along the trails I saw a Juniper Titmouse, which was a life bird. Alas, no photo, but the scenery was stunning. I also saw a Pinion Jay, which is a pretty cool bird for me.

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And my favorite image from the trip.

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After we were done exploring Soldier’s Pass we headed north up 89A towards Flagstaff. What a beautiful drive! It climbs up to the high desert, 6000-7000 feet above sea level. Becky spotted some Wapiti on a ridge. How fortuitous. There was a little pull off on the side of the road at just the right spot to get a couple of shots.

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Saturday, March 22, 2014

Gila Woodpecker

The first morning that we awoke in Scottsdale, Arizona we walked across our hotel complex to get our morning caffeine fix. A male Gila Woodpecker flew onto a palm tree about eye level, no more than 20 feet away. That was my second sighting of a Gila Woodpecker ever. Lulled into believing that it was going to be an easy bird to shoot I was not concerned that I was without my gear and continued with the morning activities. Alas when reality set in it became apparent that although the Gila Woodpeckers are common, getting the shot would prove difficult. But I persisted and did get some quality time with this young lass. 

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Another female in a tree.

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Gila Woodpeckers excavate nest sites in Saguaro Cactus. Knowing this I was sure to keep an eye out for  a nest cavity shot. This was shot at quite a distance.

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This image illustrates the pressure that a great deal of our North American cavity nesters have been placed under. Introduced European Starlings will usurp nest cavities. House Sparrows will do so also. Starlings House Sparrows are gregarious and team up to take over a nest cavity.   

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Thursday, March 20, 2014

The funkiest shorebird

I have to thank Becky for finding this one for me. I was driving home from Littleton, Massachusetts and got a text message. I needed gas so I pulled in to top off the tank and checked the message. It was pretty cryptic, something about finding a half dead bird with a long bill under the bush. When I got home, she gave me more descriptive details. It sounded like a American Woodcock to me. We do have them here in the yard. I’ve flushed up one last year and in the summer and we can hear the boys out there doing their mating calls during the summer.

I went out and found it strutting about. My luck with Woodcock has always been that I would have a flurry of brown feathers with a long beak suddenly flush out from my feet and that would be the end of it. This one didn’t quite know what to do. He froze. Then did the funky strut.

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Here he is keeping an eye on me.

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He’s just too cool.

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After a bit, it strutted to the wood line and then feeling the security of being amongst brown leaves I let it be.

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Yah, little buddy, you are welcome to hang out as long as you want.

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