Thursday, April 30, 2015

Palm Warbler

April is when we see the Palm Warblers come through. I ran into about seven on Sunday morning.

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©2014 Steve Borichevsky

Wednesday, April 29, 2015

Eastern Bluebird in a familiar setting

Sunday morning I took a morning walk in the Ipswich River Wildlife Sanctuary. There are a deal of nest boxes there that are used by Eastern Bluebirds, Tree Swallows and House Wrens. A male Eastern Bluebird was guarding its nest box. If you look closely at the post below you may recognize it as the same post in the banner add up above. Yes, I took that Eastern Bluebird picture back in June of 2013.

Right now the Red Maples are flowering. That is the red wash you see in the background of this picture.

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By changing my angle of attack, I was able to line up some white pine trees  to get the green wash.

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This is the same male chasing after something tasty in the grass.

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Tuesday, April 28, 2015

Nesting Female Costa’s Hummingbird

I spent a couple of days with Mama Costa here before I started shooting a couple of pictures. Some times I would just leave my gear near the nest so she would be used to it. Not once did she leave the nest. Since I was not working in a blind I would only stay for very brief periods. Although the bird may not flush, there is always the chance that although she would stay, the pressure would build up and she would flee. So I did the fussy camera setup when I knew she was off the nest and took a couple of brief shots and got out leaving the gear until she was off the nest. Then I would retrieve the gear.

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©2014 Steve Borichevsky

Another spot I saw was being favored by a female Costa’s. After a couple of days the curiosity just got the better of me. I waited until I saw her go out to feed and poked around and found her nest.

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©2014 Steve Borichevsky

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Monday, April 27, 2015

Sunday, April 26, 2015

Verdin

Verdin are found in the desert south west of the United States and in the northern half on Mexico. They built two types of oven nests, one for roosting and one for breeding. The nests built for roosting tend to have heaver walls and help the Verdin conserve heat in the winter nights. The brooding nests are a bit larger and thinner. The outer course stick shell is built by the males and the inner fine work is completed by the females.

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©2014 Steve Borichevsky

©2014 Steve Borichevsky

Friday, April 24, 2015

Wednesday, April 22, 2015

Savannah Sparrow

This past Sunday morning I found a small group of Savannah Sparrows foraging in a corn field in Newburyport, Massachusetts.

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Tuesday, April 21, 2015

Osprey

Yes, the fish in Ipswich are all freaked out. The Osprey are back in town. They first arrived at the end of March. This was the first opportunity that I had to get some good shots.

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Monday, April 20, 2015

Morning Cloaks

With a sigh of relief after the one of the worst winters that I have been through, I’m pleased to present the first butterflies of the year. I found about a half dozen morning cloaks on a Saturday morning walk in the woods.

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©2014 Steve Borichevsky

©2014 Steve Borichevsky

Friday, April 17, 2015

Forgotten Photo Friday, Pine Siskin

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Just reminiscing about when I lived in the ponderosa pines in Colorado. Pine Siskins were daily visitors to my feeders. This was the only Pine Siskin that I’ve seen in my yard. It was hanging around the yard last spring.

Thursday, April 16, 2015

Fox Sparrow

Massachusetts is on the northern end of the winter range of the Fox Sparrow. I have to admit that I have never seen a Fox Sparrow on the East Coast. Last Sunday I actually spotted three that were most likely stopping for a visit during their northern migration.

Shooting conditions were a bit tough, they were scratching for tasty bits in the shade. Regardless, you have to be fearless with the light.

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©2014 Steve Borichevsky

©2014 Steve Borichevsky

©2014 Steve Borichevsky

©2014 Steve Borichevsky

They are a beautiful sparrow.

Wednesday, April 15, 2015

My first New England warbler of the season

Pine Warblers are amongst the first warblers to come through the area during the spring migration. This Pine Warbler was singing along the Ipswich River as I started my hike. I would prefer not to have a branch cross the face of my subject, but sometimes you have to take what you can.

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©2014 Steve Borichevsky

On my hike out, I could hear him singing near where I had found him earlier. He was a little more cooperative, but didn’t sing for the camera this time. Well, sometimes you have to take what you can get.

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©2014 Steve Borichevsky

©2014 Steve Borichevsky

Tuesday, April 14, 2015

Monday, April 13, 2015

Socks straight out

I was driving by Plumb Island Airport, which is a little rural air strip here in town. It was pretty windy. The wind socks were straight out. I saw a little female American Kestrel hanging on the mouth of one of the socks.

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©2014 Steve Borichevsky

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