Friday, October 13, 2017

Realignment - 13 Oct 2017

I took the scope out this evening to readjust the Digidapter™.  After a summer of bashing it around in the field some adjustments were needed. It was nice to take a photo or two of the Black-capped Chickadee as it came to the feeder just 10 feet away. Fall colors are starting to appear!

Saturday, October 7, 2017

Northern Watersnake - 07 Oct 2017

Thanks to Tom Kemp and the Toledo Naturalist Association for allowing me to tag along at their Sparrow Search at Metzger Marsh and at Krause & Stange Rd. We managed to see a couple of Lincoln's Sparrows, tons of White-throated Sparrows, a  female Indigo Bunting, White-crowned Sparrow, Song Sparrow, and Swamp Sparrow. A Blackpoll Warbler and Magnolia Warbler was a nice addition.  Our best looks of the day came when a pair of Northern Watersnakes were found along the canal just north of the Krause / Stange Rd. intersection. This one was pointing directly at us, while the other had its tail to us.

Thursday, August 31, 2017

Saturday, August 19, 2017

Sunday, August 13, 2017

Yep, More Shorebirds - 13 Aug 2017

Lesser Yellowlegs

Pectoral Sandpiper

Greater Yellowlegs

Lesser Yellowlegs

Friday, August 11, 2017

Orange-throated Hummingbird - 11 Aug 2017

The Ruby-throated Hummingbirds have been active in the yard the past few days. One particular male has been kind of a dick to the other birds in the yard, so I haven't felt too badly about calling him in with the recorded calls. It has given me the opportunity to get some point-blank digiscoping from inside the house.

Four days ago (7 August) he was molting pretty heavily. I posted a pic to the Hummingbird Photography Facebook page and got confirmation from Sheri L. Williamson that it indeed was an adult male molting. The orange-tinged gorget feathers were noted and she kindly included a link to her article about feather wear being responsible for the color shift from ruby-red.

This evening I had the opportunity to photograph a pair of hummers this evening and realized that one was a juvenile male (a single red gorget feather on the throat) while the other was a full-grown male showing no hint of pin-feather molt. A third bird?  Image captures indicated that its gorget feathers were glowing orange, and not ruby red, so it may have been a specimen that I've been looking for ever since I started studying the red gorget feathers at work about 4 years ago.

If only I could get a barbule or two from this guy...

"bored now"