Friday, October 30, 2015

Birds at BHCL

I finally made it out for a walk again and really enjoyed both a nice variety of birds and the fall colors.  Here are the highlights:

 House Finch

 Eastern Bluebird

Black_Capped Chickadee

 Blue Jay

 House and Goldfinches

American Crows

 Eastern Bluebird

Song Sparrow

Monday, October 26, 2015

Fall Color Continues at BHCL

Breakneck Hill Conservation Land is just beautiful this time of year.  Get your visit in quickly before all the colors fade to various shades of brown!

Song Sparrow (I think)

 Palm Warbler

 American Goldfinch

Oriental Bittersweet

 Eastern Bluebird

House Sparrow

Red-Bellied Woodpecker

Tuesday, October 20, 2015

Sunset Walk at BHCL

I walked at Waseeka Wildlife Sanctuary today at lunch.  The leaves were pretty.  There were a couple of Hooded Mergansers way out on the water, an Eastern Phoebe, Red-Bellied Woodpecker, and Blue Jays to entertain me, but I didn't get any good photos.

Oriental Bittersweet

Wish this was in focus, but how cool was that?
Red-Bellied Woodpecker

Biggest Sassafrass leaf I have ever seen

 I see you!

After work, I had a lovely walk at Breakneck Hill Conservation Land, watching the sun sink into the horizon.  There were Yellow-Rumped Warblers and Palm Warblers galore, and one Palm Warbler landed on a tree right next to me and hopped closer and closer all after my CAMERA BATTERY DIED.  I also saw a Hermit Thrush hopping along the trail.   I didn't have a spare battery on me, either,  and the sun was casting some beautiful light on the fall leaves.  I hurried back to the parking lot and changed my battery, but....most of the good stuff was gone.  No more warblers.  Sunset was past peak.  Oh well!  I saw it, and I loved it!!!

 Love those clouds

 and autumn colors have definitely taken over from summer

huge flock of blackbirds or starlings that flew out of the woods and toward the setting sun
(this was about half of them)

sun glow on birch
(looks almost like sheet music to me)

sun glow on bluebird


Good night, moon!

Sunday, October 18, 2015

River Bend Farm and other stops

River Bend Farm, Uxbridge:

I love walking along the canal, and although the leaves were past peak here, it was still so pretty.

 Yellow-Rumped Warbler

Yellow-Rumped Warbler

Yellow-Rumped Warbler

 Guess what kind of warbler!?

Rice City Pond, Uxbridge:

There was a Great Egret here, but it was only visible from a very narrow, very busy bridge with no area for pedestrians, so I did not get a photo.

Mass Audubon's Stony Brook Wildlife Refuge, Norfolk:

Black-Bellied Plover (per Visitor Center)

 Wood Duck (male)

 Wood Duck (female)

 the marsh in cloudy conditions

 Green-Winged Teals

 the marsh when the sun came out

Richardson Pond, Millis: