Category Archives: Birds

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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Little red gliding hoods

On a chilly afternoon, a couple of male Redheads (Aythya Americana) enjoyed paddling around a thawed section of the lake. A nearby Canada goose looked on — perhaps with admiration for the rusty cinnamon noggins.

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Natural tree ornaments

A sizable group of buzzards festooned a few trees in the park, creating their own ‘Nightmare-Before-Christmas’-style decorations. I think these were all Black vultures (Coragyps atratus), but there may have been some Turkey vultures among them.

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A plot of gold

Yellow flecks of a different sort dotted a grassy area today, as tiny Golden-crowned kinglets dabbled among the fallen leaves. They seemed unconcerned with admirers and would approach the path at will.

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Magic creep show

Becoming practically invisible when seen from behind against dark bark, this little Brown creeper (Certhia americana) was hard to spot — a bit less cryptic if seeing its white underparts from the side or while in flight from tree to … Continue reading

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Northern flights

Searching the Spring tree tassles for tiny insects, in a bit of turnabout, this Northern Parula may have gotten its own taste of ‘warbler’s neck’ discomfort.

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The Red and the Black

A lone male Scarlet tanager poked about in the woods for a bit. When he moved from branch to branch, it took some looking to find him again despite his blazing red & black jacket.

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Magnolia P.I. – Bug Hunter

Looking for insects that might be lurking among the pollen-filled fringe, this Magnolia warbler was nice enough to sit & pose in between bites.

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Warblerhood

An unexpected treat popped into view back in the woods at Weltz Park — a male Hooded warbler (Setophaga citrina).

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Gull-lover’s Travels

Although probably fin-up to stay balanced on a submerged rock as the tide continued to come in, this Harbor seal seemed to be waving at a white-headed gull that was perched nearby in Sandy Hook Bay. If so, perhaps this … Continue reading

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