If truth be told, the Osprey is my favorite bird of prey. I don't get to see them as much lately, so this sighting was a thrill.
I was passing Lake Massabesic in Auburn and saw some ducks. I wanted to see if they were interesting. They weren't, they were Mallards, but then I saw this beauty soaring above. What a fortunate moment.
I was hoping he would catch a fish, but no luck.
I think he was looking right at me. Wondering if he could take me.
I saw this warbler in the thicket next to Turkey Pond in Concord. There was something about it, it looked familiar but there was something off about it. It looked so familiar and after a lot of research I am pretty sure it's a Northern Parula.
It's not the classic plumage but it seems to be some sort of variant for first year birds or a female. The amount of olive green seems like a lot but I have seen photos online that match. Pretty bird.
I saw this olive-yellow bird creeping in the brush. I was never able to get a definitive angle.
My warbler books were not very helpful, but it is clear that the belly is almost fully white and the color is on top. The bill tells me it is a warbler since it is not barbed like a vireo. When my books do not show any clear suspects I start to look at the females.
This is the best view I have. The closest bird I can find is a female Chestnut-sided Warbler. There should be more defined wing bars but it's a pretty bird, regardless.
It's been a tough Summer, bird fans! It is always very hot and the birds have been staying in their bunkers. I don't think the severe drought we have been experiencing lends itself to much bird activity. Having said that, there are a few. Here is a Hermit Thrush I found in the deep forest. They have some of the sweetest songs you can hear.
The Downy Woodpecker can always be found. This is a male. You can see the red on the head.
The Common Yellowthroat female is, by far, the most abundant bird in my area or maybe just the most active. I see them all the time, I just don't want to barrage the site with pictures of them.
This is the handsome male Common Yellowthroat.
Next time I will try to work through an ID problem. I am not there yet. See you then!
Back from the Summer doldrums! I found a large flock of Cedar Waxwings going after these red berries. There was a hawk who cried out every now and then and all the birds would flee in terror. He never attacked, all was well, and I snapped these shots.