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Northern Saw-whet Owl, Chicago, Illinois, Montrose Point, November 13, 2019

The Montrose Birding Blog
Finding a roosting Northern Saw-whet Owl is a rewarding experience. The resident gang of Black-capped Chickadees located this half-asleep Saw-whet for me; without their scolding, I would have walked right by it.

Robert Hughes

Amateur photographer
http://theorniphile.info/wordpress/
Naturalist. Writer. Photographer. Content producer. Web guy.
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Merlin, Chicago, Illinois, Montrose Point, October 12, 2019

The Montrose Birding Blog
This male Merlin took a break from terrorizing songbirds long enough to have his pic taken.

Robert Hughes

Amateur photographer
http://theorniphile.info/wordpress/
Naturalist. Writer. Photographer. Content producer. Web guy.
© Robert Hughes United States
Western Tanager, Sanders, Montana, USA, Thompson Falls - home, 01 October 2019


Getting late for the species, but not as late as 23 October 2016, when we had the first or second latest date for Montana.

Jim Greaves

Professional photographer
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lbviman@blackfoot.net
© Jim Greaves USA
Yellow-billed Loon, United States, Barrow,AK, 23-Jun-2018

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Dubi Shapiro

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Steller's Eider, United States, Barrow,AK, 23-Jun-2018

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Dubi Shapiro

Amateur photographer
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King Eider, United States, Barrow,AK, 23-Jun-2018

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Dubi Shapiro

Amateur photographer
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Spectacled Eider, United States, Barrow,AK, 23-Jun-2018

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Dubi Shapiro

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WILSON'S SNIPE, ZILWAUKEE TOWNSHIP, SAGINAW COUNTY, MICHIGAN, 20 AUGUST 2019

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Alan Ryff

Amateur photographer

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COMMON NIGHTHAWK, MAGGIE'S FARM, SCIO TOWNSHIP, WASHTENAW COUNTY, MICHIGAN, 31 AUGUST 2019

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In days gone by when today’s old men were children, ribbons of Nighthawks, sometimes in the hundreds, would stream south just above the rooftops as the sunset gives its deepest colors. And sometimes, the morning sunshine could find a sleeping Nighthawk on nearly every streetlight for blocks around. Today this is no longer so. Now and then, the neighborhoods along Lake Saint Clair see or hear a single or perhaps a few Nighthawks at a time pass over in the evening quiet. Alas, what has happened? © 2019 Alan Ryff

Alan Ryff

Amateur photographer

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COMMON NIGHTHAWK, MAGGIE'S FARM, SCIO TOWNSHIP, WASHTENAW COUNTY, MICHIGAN, 31 AUGUST 2019

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Alan Ryff

Amateur photographer

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BREWSTER'S WARBLER, SUMMERFIELD TOWNSHIP,, MONROE COUNTY, MICHIGAN, 15 MAY 2019

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I had the leisurely experience of photographing a foraging Brewster’s Warbler. At the time I was not curious as to what the bird was seeking among the emerging oak leaves. Since photos can capture what the eye does not see, they became my gateway to Archips, the generic name for the Leafroller Moths, consisting of more than 100 species. “There is a time for everything,” so it is said. And May is the time of the Archips larva hatch, a timely event in lower Michigan, for May is also the peak for returning insectivorous passerines, especially the wood warblers. For the rest of the story see: www.flickr.com/photos/snow-shadow/albums/72157710330375167

Alan Ryff

Amateur photographer

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GREAT EGRET, ERIE TOWNSHIP, MONROE COUNTY, MICHIGAN, 24 MAY 2019

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THE FILAMENTOUS SCAPULAR PLUMES OF THE GREAT EGRET ARE BUT A BRIEF SPECTACLE, USUALLY LASTING FROM THE ARRIVAL OF THE MALES AT THE NESTING COLONY UNTIL A PAIR’S FIRST EGG IS LAID. BUT THESE EXQUISITE PLUMES OF ETHEREAL BEAUTY WERE THE SOURCE OF A CATASTROPHE, THANKS TO THE FASHION INDUSTRY. FOR THE REST OF THE STORY, CLICK ON: https://www.flickr.com/photos/snow-shadow/albums/72157647927624405

Alan Ryff

Amateur photographer

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