Category Archives: Birds

Cuckoo camp-out

Since the park revamp took down most of the cherry trees — and thus the tent caterpillars that used to set up camp on them — this Black-billed cuckoo parked itself by one of the few remaining nests for a … Continue reading

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Little prairie on the bough house

A couple of Prairie warblers (Setophaga discolor) investigated some flowering bushes for bugs. This one had a definite gleam in its eye.

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Woods show Wilson’s

Hadn’t seen a Wilson’s warbler (Cardellina pusilla) in a few years, but must’ve just been looking in the wrong places. Jackson Woods in Long Branch seemed to have several, a couple of which were polite about sitting for portraits.

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Mama and the Seven Woods

A little family of Wood ducks appeared briefly in a forest stream. At least seven ducklings swam into view (there may have been nine altogether) before their vigilant mother ushered them in a different direction. A real treat to see … Continue reading

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The Adventures of Bobbin’ Hood

Not too far from where we saw him a couple of years ago, a male Hooded warbler popped up on a windy day and casually skipped around the leaf litter before crossing the path.

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Dressed to thrill

Sporting some of the finest finery around, this male wood duck couldn’t have been more dapper as he paddled around Lake Takanassee.

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Fantail primp

Still damp from its bath, a Song sparrow (Melospiza melodia) perched & preened on a stick.

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Little warbler is the Prairie

Prairie warblers (Setophaga discolor) were doing a fairly thorough job of scouring the trees for insect edibles, the leaves painting their yellow feathers with a touch of light green.

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Wichety lineman

A cheerful sound of the summer to come, the ‘wichety-wichety-wichety’ song of the male Common yellowthroat could be heard along several of the paths in Weltz Park. Most of the little bandit-masked fellows were heard but not seen, keeping hidden … Continue reading

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Attention, K(estrel)-mart shopper

A cute but deadly hunter, this male American kestrel (Falco sparverius) watched alertly from the top of various short trees around a meadow scanning for tiny food stuffs to fill his lunch cart.

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