Janine's Blog

Birding at dawn and dusk

Jul 20, 2015 by Janine |
Summer brings intolerable heat but it also brings amazing clouds. Caught these swallow-tailed kites over the house before a thunderstorm.





This old fellow wandered through while we watched the kites



Early morning and late evening are the best times to be out to avoid the heat. Dusk and cloud cast an interesting light for photography.

Evening red-shouldered hawk. We walked right underneath him before realizing that he was there.





Hairy woodpecker



Morning fawn



Headed down to the everglades this weekend for a mini-vacation.

Obligatory red-shouldered hawk. I think he might be eating a glass lizard, a snake-like type of lizard that is legless because it burrows through the sand.



Eco pond was a hellish glare of brine and cracked mud. Water levels extremely low due to lack of rain. I have never seen the pink color before. Perhaps an anaerobic bacteria?







Young spoonbill arrived for a paint job.



Young barred owl watching the sunset with us





A chuck-will's widow emerged as darkness fell.



After I took this picture, it flew right at us before veering off and settling nearby. Like other nightjars, chuckies have enormous mouths that they use to gulp insects on the wing. Was a scary sight to see that coming straight at my face!

Maine

Jul 05, 2015 by Janine |
Visited Maine for work a couple of weeks ago. It was a busy trip but it was so good to get some fresh cool air for a change! Florida has been oppressive lately. It seems like we went from April straight into August!

Eider family


Phoebe and fledgling


Lots of ospreys








So green





I also went on an evening cruise to see puffins! The weather was perfect.







The tour went out to Egg Island, which is an Audubon seabird sanctuary. The researchers were out there counting nests while we circled the island from a safe distance.



Lots of guillemots and eiders







Puffins were diving for fish and then heading back to the island to feed their chicks.









In this picture you can see two puffin decoys and a real puffin coming in for a landing!



Our last puffin view before heading back



On my way home, I snapped a few pics of NYC. I normally don't connect through there, so it was interesting to see.





Still catching up on some pics I took around FL. Until next time!





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