Janine's Blog

Summer Babies

Jun 21, 2015 by Janine |
The local bluejays have been bringing their babies to the garden. Even though they are perfectly capable of feeding themselves, they still beg whenever the parents are near.





The hummingbird we saw a couple of weeks ago





The swallow-tailed kites swoop low over the garden and snatch up dragonflies



Carolina Wren



Rabbits like grapes





Green Heron





Purple Gallinule







Flagstaff, AZ

Jun 13, 2015 by Janine |
Started my visit to Flagstaff with a trip to the Arboretum.

Abert's squirrel





Western bluebird



Mountain chickadee



Photobomb!



A closer look at the offender



Broad-tailed hummingbird





yawn



Raptor show





Mountain short-horned lizard



Blended in perfectly





My next Flagstaff outing was the Kachina trail, in search of the red-faced warbler. Great views at over 9,000 ft.







White-faced nuthatch



Finally, a jewel in the trees, the bird I had come to see!







There were a few red-faced warblers squabbling amongst themselves. Watched them for a bit until the weather turned suspicious. I got out of there before the snow started! Apparently snow in May is typical for the Flagstaff area.

That's the last of the Arizona vacation pics. Things have been crazy around here with lots of work being done on the house, so not many opportunities for photography. Things are winding down, finally! Had another hummingbird stop by last weekend, wondering if it is the same one we saw before. It is unusual to see them here at this time of year. I am hoping they decide to stay year-round!

Some FL shots and DC/Virginia

May 30, 2015 by Janine |
Taking a break from the AZ shots and enjoying some time at home!

The owl family at Riverbend is growing up fast. One parent snagged a rat to feed to a hungry baby.







An armadillo ran across our path



Jupiter Lighthouse





McArthur Beach State Park

Mangrove skipper



Green anole



Racerunner



Osprey with jack crevalle



Quick visit to Washington DC the week before last. Did a night tour of the monuments and thoroughly enjoyed it.







Then on to Richmond, Virginia for some metal!!!

Moonspell







Septicflesh



Amazing show. Was great to meet the bands afterward!!!

On to Fredericksburg to relax before heading home. Chatham house overlooking downtown.





Blue Bee Cider, from Richmond



At home, we saw a very late hummingbird last week. Cardinals, jays, doves, wren, and woodpeckers are around and likely nesting nearby. Lots of tiny baby rabbits in the yard as well.





Desert Botanical Gardens and Sedona

May 23, 2015 by Janine |
More from the gardens...













Another cooperative Costa's hummingbird







Anna's Hummingbirds











House Finches







Lesser Goldfinch









It was a stormy day at Red Rocks State Park in Sedona









Mule Deer





More stormy Sedona vistas











More to come, next stop Flagstaff

Desert Botanical Gardens

May 16, 2015 by Janine |
First round of AZ pictures. The Desert Botanical Garden in Scottsdale was a great place to see the birds of the southwest. The gardens were nice too! :)



Gambel's quail were everywhere





Newly hatched babies





Cactus wren









New bird for me, the phainopepla







Abundant baby mammals as well







Thanks to some heavy rains, the saguaro cactus were in bloom



White-wing dove



Gilded flicker









Mourning dove



Verdin, another new bird for me



Curve-billed thrasher



Costa's hummingbird









More to come...

Riverbend Owls

May 10, 2015 by Janine |
Barred owl family at Riverbend seen last month





Parents kept watch nearby







Hairy Woodpecker



Racer in the garden



Giant swallowtail



Just got back from Arizona, will be posting photos soon!

Feels like Summer

Apr 26, 2015 by Janine |
Spring has quickly given way to summer. We have had temps in the mid- 90's and are now in the afternoon thunderstorm cycle.

We still have a couple of painted buntings hanging around.





Still getting to know my new lens. The least bitterns have been a challenge!











American Bittern, hiding



Sora



Palm Warbler



Common Yellowthroat



Nesting shots from early March







Snipe





Flyby Harrier



Phoebe



Pied billed grebe





Green heron swallows frog













DeLeon Springs

Apr 18, 2015 by Janine |
Went to DeLeon Springs State Park this past week for some field training.

Hangman's Oak



Devil's walking stick



Pillbugs



5-lined skink. They lose their stripes with age.





At home, I still have a flock of female painted buntings. The males left last week, but I did see one straggler this morning. I took this picture on Sunday last week. I had a feeling that they were planning to leave soon because the males were singing and behaving very aggressively.



Still lots of other bird action in the yard. Had a Northern Parula stop by, and there are plenty of cardinals and blue jays. Have not seen any hummingbirds for about a week so I guess they are gone until the fall.

Catbird Fight





A pair of brown thrashers has been hanging around





Carolina Wren





Baby Raccoons

Apr 04, 2015 by Janine |
Raccoon family







A cluster of zebra longwings





Irises in bloom



The hummingbirds might be gone. Have not seen any today. Got some shots earlier this week.





The painted buntings are still here, feeding up.







I noticed one of the males has a yellow patch on his chest. He is not one of the ones that overwintered here. I think a lot of the buntings I am seeing now are stopping off on their way north.





Pelican Island

Mar 22, 2015 by Janine |
We took a sunset cruise around Pelican Island NWR yesterday and saw lots of birds.

Ospreys everywhere







Pelican Island





Other islands nearby









Mother dolphin and calf hunting in the shallow water





Couple of days in Colorado this week.





At home, things are wonderful, and terrible. Wonderful because there are more hummingbirds and painted buntings than ever! But terrible because they are leaving soon. So I will enjoy them while they are here!





I was wondering if this might be a female broad-billed. Will have to try and get some better photos.



Lots of ruby-throats.