Day 4 in Mexico found us on the border of the desert state of Oaxaca and the more riparian (and tropical) state of Chiapas. A small mountain-like escarpment shielded a waterfall from much of the sun. A bottlebrush tree was in bloom and it attracted my eyes too quickly to remember to take a scenery shot.
Thursday, June 3, 2021
Sunday, May 23, 2021
Sunday, May 16, 2021
We all know how challenging the north winds for most of the last 3 weeks have been, so when they relented the day before Birdathon we couldn't help but breathe a sigh of relief. The day before Birdathon Floral was filled with birds ... but you had to figure out where to look.
First rule of birdathon (OK, it's not the first rule, but work with me here): Don't look at Catbirds.
Saturday, May 8, 2021
Saturday, May 1, 2021
I had to sleep all day today and when I got up it was warm and windy. I spent a couple hours weeding garlic mustard in the park next to my house thinking I might come across one of the elusive catbirds or rose-breasted grosbeak or May thrushes that were blowing up my eBird needs alerts while I slept.
No luck there, but karma rewarded my efforts when I looked out the window after dinner and saw a young Summer Tanager following an oriole to the oranges on my feeder.
It sat long enough for me to grab the camera that lives in front of the window, blast half a dozen frames, realize the settings were completely buggered, crank the ISO up, blast another 5 frames ... and gone. I think I can count on one hand the number of times I've encountered Summer Tanager in Michigan without actively seeking it out and maybe once where I didn't find it by hearing it first.
A few other pics from mornings earlier in the week. This parula would have been a sweet pic if it had poked its head out a little further.
This Solitary Sandpiper in the stream at Kesling though was a decidedly more photogenic setting than their typical poop pond habitats.
Tuesday, April 27, 2021
and we're looking at them! Some of them at any rate.
I led the BBC outing this morning, and it started off kinda slow. Topinabee, and to a lesser extent Weiser Road, didn't have a ton of activity.
The Niles Riverwalk on the other hand did have migrants. Dawn spotted this Black-and-white Warbler who looks to be peering back at us...