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Lots of Activity at Bird Song

Published November 02, 2011
Tags: Parks and Preserves, bird song, orchard park, ny, ruby-crowned kinglet, golden-crowned kinglet, eastern bluebird, cedar waxwing, red-winged blackbird, blue jay, northern cardinal, canada goose, mallard, house sparrow, red-breasted nuthatch, dark-eyed junco

Another gorgeous day got me out from behind my desk to go birding. We're into November now and, as I was putting on my now respectably broken-in hiking boots, I rationalized that I had better take advantage of this day!  So, off I went to Bird Song, a beautiful habitat close by our home in Orchard Park.

I no sooner got my gear together, choosing to take the tripod this time, when I began to get "my ears on". Wow, lots of birds were here today! The sun was at such an angle, I put my Dupont baseball cap on - not very feminine, but it really does help lessen the sun's glare.

I saw lots today - the biggest treat being several Golden-crowned Kinglets and Ruby-crowned Kinglets. I got some very nice looks at them. The pictures turned out a little poorer than I expected, bad lighting, but I was still very happy to have had those up close and personal encounters.  I intend to get back real soon for more photos!

I saw and heard several Cedar Waxwings, American Robins, an Eastern Bluebird, a Blue Jay, a Northern Cardinal, a couple of House Sparrows, a Red-breasted Nuthatch, a Dark-eyed Junco, a Red-winged Blackbird, and a pond full of Canada Geese - a truly rewarding trip! Woodpeckers of any type were surprisingly absent, though.
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Red-breasted Nuthatch
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Dark-eyed Junco
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Golden-crowned Kinglet
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Ruby-crowned Kinglet
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Ruby-crowned Kinglet
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Ruby-crowned Kinglet - can you spot that teeny bit of ruby on his crown?
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A pair of Mallards stood out amongst all the Canadian Geese
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Clematis (probably Virgin's Bower, Clematis virginia) - thanks to Joseph for identifying!
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A little scenery
Reply from: Rick on 12/30/2011 9:17 PM
 Great Blog. I really enjoy your pictures. What do you use? Do you digiscope? Great site. Thanks
Reply from: Sue on 12/30/2011 9:30 PM
 Thanks very much, Rick. And no, I haven’t gotten into digiscoping, but I’m interested in it. I’ve read a lot of birders’ posts about their digiscopes, so one of these days, I’ll figure it out. Right now, I’m shooting with the Canon Rebel T2i with a 70-135 zoom, which isn’t enough! Haha! Thanks very much for your kind words! ~ Sue