Monday, November 28, 2005
I got this photo of a black-capped chickadee that had grabbed a peanut. As luck would have it, I snapped him with his wings up. Looks like he's taking a big theatrical bow.
Then, with the camera set with too small an aperture, I somehow got this photo of a chickadee who looks like he's a ghost. It was daytime (although a gray day), not night, when I got this shot and I was able to lighten it enough so that you can see the detail pretty well.
The night before there was a big, gibbous moon, and I took this shot. The flash went off which illuminated the tree. Very spooky.
Friday, November 11, 2005
It was quite chilly, especially out of the sun which came and went throughout the day. But I went to Central Park with binoculars and camera.
The highlights were a flock of cedar waxwings at Tanner Springs, rusty blackbirds at the Azalea Pond and by Balcony Bridge, shovelers on the Reservoir and the cute chickadee at the top.
And, of course, there were the usual suspects--the squirrels.
Over all, a pleasant way to spend the afternoon.
Wednesday, November 09, 2005
We arrived at Walker Avenue at aboout 8:20. On October 3rd it was so dry there that we were walking on what is normally the bed of a wetland. A week later following torrential rains, the water was so high that people were canoeing in the streets around the wetland. By Sunday it was just muddy on the paths as it often is. But the wetland was once again filled.
Looking for birds wasn't easy. The fog burned off a bit and we did see 24 species the best of which was a marsh wren in, yes, a marsh! We also saw cedar waxwings eating berries in a tree. Cedar waxwings are among my favorite birds.
The place was eerily beautiful.
We saw lots of pretty spider webs that were wet with moisture from the mist which made them much more visible. Here's one.
Fall is the most beautiful season in the Northeast. Even on a foggy day.
Tuesday, November 08, 2005
We plant burning bush for the two weeks when it is in its glory. It also gets little berries that the birds seem to like. Lots of juncos hide out here.