Sunflowers = Smiles

imageEvery year I look forward to the sunflower field that is planted at Pope Farm Park Conservancy.  It usually happens the first part of August.  It is glorious and it’s so fun to watch all the families, artists and  photographers come out and about enjoying it in their special way. This time I took over a 100 photos and downloaded maybe 15.  Honestly I don’t really know what I’m doing, but I always seem to capture something worthwhile to save and share. I sincerely hope that if your anywhere close by to Pope Farm to please go out and see this beautiful field of  sunflowers. It’s in full bloom this week and with the cooler temperatures I’m hoping they will still be looking good through the weekend. Enjoy the start of August, fall is right around the corner and happy birding everyone!!

 

 

Cape May Warbler

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So excited that this  Cape May Warbler came back to visit this year. He is another colorful favorite of mine. It’s always great too when they get out of the leafy trees and bushes to pose for me. I believe he has left our yard and headed North, but I was able to view him for a few days which made me very happy. Happy Birding everyone!

I’m Also Very Handsome!

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This beautiful male Scarlet Tanager has been around for at least a week or more with his Mrs. always close by.  I still get such a thrill when I spot him flying in the yard and sometimes I’m just lucky enough to see him land so close that I can take a picture or two. His coloring still takes my breath away. Enjoy and happy birding everyone!

 

Call Me Handsome!

imageThey’re back! It’s been so crazy in my yard the last few days, but I’m finally ready to post some of my “favorite little friends”. Here is a beautiful Blackburnian Warbler. I still pinch myself every time I see one of these colorful birds. Hope you enjoy them as much as I do. Happy birding everyone

Vireo’s Stop Over….

Philadelphia Vireo

It was nice to be able to see this Philadelphia Vireo stop over on his way South. Again this photo was taken a few weeks ago, but all these warbler/vireo photos bring a smile to my face and again help me get through the upcoming winter months when I know the only way to view them is through these pictures. Hope you enjoy the photos as much as I do and in the meantime, Happy Birding Everyone!

Fall Hermit Thrush

Hermit Thrush

I haven’t seen any Hermit Thrushes lately, but they could still be around. We are still going through a big migration with many flocks of Red-winged Blackbirds coming through the yard. Still have LOTS of Robins hanging around as well and I’ve noticed a large increase in American Goldfinches. The goldfinches are really going through the niger seed, but I do mix it with other finch seed which they seem to like. I’m certainly enjoying the Tufted Titmice that come to the kitchen window feeder. They are so fun to watch. Until my next post Happy Birding Everyone!!

Orchard Oriole

Orchard Oriole

Not only did we get a lot of Baltimore Orioles in our yard this year, but we were lucky to have the Orchard Orioles around as well. This nice male posed for me and I love their darker color and they are a bit more petite and thinner in size. I hope they like our yard so much that we have them back here every year! Well, Happy Birding Everyone!

Philadelphia Vireo

Philadelphia Vireo

I guess I’m just lucky when these Vireo’s come down to the pond instead of hanging around in the tree tops, or rather I’m lucky enough to be in the right place at the right time. Either way, this Philadelphia gave me a “hey, look at me” look and snap went the shutter, gotcha! I believe I’ve had other vireo’s besides this one, the Warbling vireo and the Red-eyed vireo, but I’m still learning. Hopefully next time they all come through I’ll capture another variety. Till then, Happy Birding Everyone!

Black-throated Green Warbler

Black-throated Green Warbler

Even though these sweet warblers have left, I still have a few photos to show. I especially like how the morning sun captured this pretty warbler and that he took the time for me to snap that picture. It was a really good spring and had quite the variety of warblers and vireos, along with the other pretty migrants. They say all good things must come to an end and I suppose this had to as well. It’s still a nice time of year, but my intensity of being outside with my camera by my side has come to an end for this year, but I will still be posting occasionally here and there. In the meantime, Happy Birding Everyone!

It’s a Vireo!

Warbling Vireo

Along with my Warblers that come through, there are Vireo’s, also insect eaters, that show up and they’re also a little bird, generally chunkier and less active than warblers, but definitely fun to spot. This is a Warbling Vireo and there are quite a few varieties of Vireo’s and I’m still learning them, so if you see that I’ve made a misidentification…..feel free to correct me. In the meantime, Happy Birding Everyone!

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