Reader submitted photos

Here are some photos submitted by readers of the For the Birds column and http://www.birdsofnewengland.com

Want to show off your work or need help with an identification? Feel free to submit your New England wildlife photos to bozclark@earthlink.net. (Try to keep files under or around 1 MB, thanks.) Thank you to all who have (or will) submitted photos!

Not grousing about this sighting

David J. Scheuring of Dublin, N.H., got this shot of a female Spruce Grouse while hiking at Mt. Madison in the White Mountains of New Hampshire.

David J. Scheuring of Dublin, N.H., got this shot of a female Spruce Grouse while hiking at Mt. Madison in the White Mountains of New Hampshire.

Wren on a wren house

Jim Hood of Norwalk, Conn., got tihs photo of a House Wren on a birdhouse in summer 2015.

Jim Hood of Norwalk, Conn., got tihs photo of a House Wren on a birdhouse in summer 2015.

Indigo Bunting experience

John Martin of southern New Hampshire got this shot of an Indigo Bunting. The bird was injured, but recovered and flew away.

John Martin of southern New Hampshire got this shot of an Indigo Bunting. The bird was injured, but recovered and flew away.

Colorful warbler visitor

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Gail from Keene, N.H., got this shot of a Blackburnian Warbler on her deck in late spring 2015.

Hummingbirds welcome!

Dick & Louise Richards of Swanzey, N.H., got this photo of a Ruby-throated Hummingbird at their feeder in spring 2015.

Dick & Louise Richards of Swanzey, N.H., got this photo of a Ruby-throated Hummingbird at their feeder in spring 2015.

Time for a washing

William Cleary of the Monadnock Region in New Hampshire sent this photo of the handiwork of an American Robin. He said the bird pecks at the side-view mirror, but does not attack the reflection. Apparently the bird likes pick-up trucks.

William Cleary of the Monadnock Region in New Hampshire sent this photo of the handiwork of an American Robin. He said the bird pecks at the side-view mirror, but does not attack the reflection. Apparently the bird likes pick-up trucks.

Snuggle with mom

Ginger Katz of Norwalk got this photo of a Mute Swan with babies in Norwalk (Conn.) Harbor.

Ginger Katz of Norwalk got this photo of a Mute Swan with babies in Norwalk (Conn.) Harbor.

A little color in New England

Brian Thoele got this shot of a Little Blue Heron in a small pond in southern Connecticut, April 2015.

Brian Thoele got this shot of a Little Blue Heron in a small pond in southern Connecticut, April 2015.

Big prey for a brave Red-tailed Hawk

Judie Szuets of Norwalk, Conn., got this photo of a Red-tailed Hawk eating a Ring-billed Gull on top of a car in March 2015. Szuets said the neighbors watched the unfazed hawk eat the meal for several minutes.

Judie Szuets of Norwalk, Conn., got this photo of a Red-tailed Hawk eating a Ring-billed Gull on top of a car in March 2015. Szuets said the neighbors watched the unfazed hawk eat the meal for several minutes.

 

What’s going to visit this feeder now?

Nice sighting at Agway

New Hamphsire resident Ann Firestone was visiting the Agway store in Walpole, N.H., when she noticed this Lapland Longspur feeding with a flock of Horned Larks.

New Hamphsire resident Ann Firestone was visiting the Agway store in Walpole, N.H., when she noticed this Lapland Longspur feeding with a flock of Horned Larks.

Bluebirds at the window!

Susan Stevens of Portsmouth NH, took this photo of a group of Eastern Bluebirds eating hulled sunflower seeds at her window feeder in March 2015. She said the bluebirds also eat suet.

Susan Stevens of Portsmouth NH, took this photo of a group of Eastern Bluebirds eating hulled sunflower seeds at her window feeder in March 2015. She said the bluebirds also eat suet.

 

Peregrine Falcon, master hunters

Brian Thoele of Norwalk got this shot of a Peregrine Falcon enjoying a meal at Veterans Park in East Norwalk in Dec. 2013.

Brian Thoele of Norwalk got this shot of a Peregrine Falcon enjoying a meal at Veterans Park in East Norwalk in Dec. 2013.

Bluebirds in winter

Elena from Winchester, N.H., got this shot of Eastern Bluebirds at her warm-water birdbath during the cold snap of Feb.  2015.

Elena from Winchester, N.H., got this shot of Eastern Bluebirds at her warm-water birdbath during the cold snap of Feb. 2015.

We all need to eat

Riley Rising of Connecticut got this shot of a Red-tailed Hawk eating a squirrel in Feb. 2015.

Riley Rising of Connecticut got this shot of a Red-tailed Hawk eating a squirrel in Feb. 2015, in Waterbury, Conn.

A burst of color in winter

Peter Wells of New Hampshire got this shot of a Northern Cardinal in a star magnolia tree in the harsh weather of Feb. 2015.

Peter Wells of New Hampshire got this shot of a Northern Cardinal in a star magnolia tree in the harsh weather of Feb. 2015.

Whooo’s that on the porch?

Jim Huntley from Keene, N.H., had this Saw Whet Owl pay a visit to his back porch in Feb. 2015.

Jim Huntley from Keene, N.H., had this Saw Whet Owl pay a visit to his back porch in Feb. 2015.

Snow Bunting in breeding plumage

Lona of West Chesterfield, N.H. grabbed this shot of a male Snow Bunting in breeding plumage in her backyard in Feb. 2015.

– L.S. of West Chesterfield, N.H. grabbed this shot of a male Snow Bunting in breeding plumage in her backyard in Feb. 2015.

Roadside owl sighting

Mary Ellen Powell got this photo of a Barred Owl along Route 9 near Otter Brook State Park, Roxbury, NH, winter 2014-15.

Mary Ellen Powell got this photo of a Barred Owl along Route 9 near Otter Brook State Park, Roxbury, NH, winter 2014-15.

Surprise visitor to feeder

Tom Jenkins of Norwalk, CT, got this shot of a Dickcissel sharing a feeder station with a Mourning Dove, Jan. 2015.

Tom Jenkins of Norwalk, CT, got this shot of a Dickcissel sharing a feeder station with a Mourning Dove, Jan. 2015.

Eagle over Shepaug

Brian Thoele got this shot of a Bald Eagle flying over Shepaug Eagle View in Southbury, Conn., in Jan. 2015.

Brian Thoele got this shot of a Bald Eagle flying over Shepaug Eagle View in Southbury, Conn., in Jan. 2015.

 

Woody in the berries

Peter Wells of New Hampshire got this photo of a Pileated Woodpecker in a bush among winter berries.

Peter Wells of New Hampshire got this photo of a Pileated Woodpecker in a bush among winter berries.

Hairy and Downy together

Jeannie of New Hamphsire snapped this photo of a Downy Woodpecker, right, and Hairy Woodpecker. It's a good photo for seeing the size comparison between the two common woodpecker species.

Jeannie of New Hamphsire snapped this photo of a Downy Woodpecker, right, and Hairy Woodpecker. It’s a good photo for seeing the size comparison between the two common woodpecker species.

 

Timely for Thanksgiving

Dr. Robert Weiss of Westport, CT, sent in this photo of some visitors to his yard. No coincidence that I'm posting this the day before Thanksgiving. Thanks Bob.

Dr. Robert Weiss of Westport, CT, sent in this photo of some visitors to his yard. No coincidence that I’m posting this the day before Thanksgiving. Thanks Bob.

“You want a piece of me?”

Andy Christie snapped this photo of a Red-tailed Hawk in his southern New Hampshire backyard. He titled it ÒYou want a piece of me?Ó

Andy Christie snapped this photo of a Red-tailed Hawk in his southern New Hampshire backyard. He titled it “You want a piece of me?”

Strange visitor

Andy Christie got this photo of an albino or leucistic Dark-eyed Junco in his southern New Hampshire backyard. Keep an eye out for these guys (or gals) among the flocks of Juncos at your feeder this winter.

Andy Christie got this photo of an albino or leucistic Dark-eyed Junco in his southern New Hampshire backyard. Keep an eye out for these guys (or gals) among the flocks of Juncos at your feeder this winter.

Grebes!

Carol sent in this photo of Red-necked Grebes on Spofford Lake in southwestern New Hampshire. She saw them in the spring.

Carol sent in this photo of Red-necked Grebes on Spofford Lake in southwestern New Hampshire. She saw them in the spring.

Hitching a ride?

Mary Eccles of Norwalk, Conn., had this visitor waiting on her car in this August 2014 photograph. Not sure where the Cooper's Hawk wanted to go.

Mary Eccles of Norwalk, Conn., had this visitor waiting on her car in this August 2014 photograph. Not sure where the Cooper’s Hawk wanted to go.

Black-crowned Night Herons in their element (title suggested by photographer, thanks)

Black-crowned Night Herons photographed by Norwalk's Jason Farrow in Norwalk, Conn.

Black-crowned Night Herons photographed by Norwalk’s Jason Farrow in Norwalk, Conn.

Coyotes at play

Daniel Shevchik of Wilton, Conn., grabbed a shot of this coyote family playing in his backyard in summer 2014.

Daniel Shevchik of Wilton, Conn., grabbed a shot of this coyote family playing in his backyard in summer 2014.

 

Dinner time for this hawk

Dick Alley of Connecticut saw this scene of a Red-tailed Hawk taking and eating a small rabbit. It was a prime example of the laws of nature, sometimes cruel but very real, wrote Dick, a long-time fishing columnist for The Hour newspaper.

Dick Alley of Connecticut saw this scene of a Red-tailed Hawk taking and eating a small rabbit. It was a prime example of the laws of nature, sometimes cruel but very real, wrote Dick, a long-time fishing columnist for The Hour newspaper.

Ospreys in flight

Lori Baker of Norwalk, Conn., sent in this photo of an Osprey pair near Long Island Sound in summer 2014.

Lori Baker of Norwalk, Conn., sent in this photo of an Osprey pair near Long Island Sound in summer 2014.

Hummingbird on the Wing

Danielle Gallant of Dighton, Massachusetts, took this shot of a hummingbird at her feeder.

Danielle Gallant of Dighton, Massachusetts, took this shot of a hummingbird at her feeder.

Danielle Gallant of Dighton, Massachusetts, took this shot of a hummingbird at her feeder.

Danielle Gallant of Dighton, Massachusetts, took this shot of a hummingbird at her feeder.

Cormorant drying off

Jason Farrow got the excellent shot of a Double-crested Cormorant in Norwalk, Ct., in summer 2014.

Jason Farrow got the excellent shot of a Double-crested Cormorant in Norwalk, Ct., in summer 2014.

Thrasher. What a name for a bird.

Brian Reilly snapped this excellent shot of a Brown Thrasher in the Keene, N.H., area.

Brian Reilly snapped this excellent shot of a Brown Thrasher in the Keene, N.H., area.

Brian Reilly snapped this excellent shot of a Brown Thrasher in the Keene, N.H., area.

Brian Reilly snapped this excellent shot of a Brown Thrasher in the Keene, N.H., area.

What ate my decorative fish??

Mike Mushak and David Westmoreland of Norwalk, Conn, got this photo of a Great Egret on their porch. The egret was picturesque, but also ate several expensive fish, such as gold comets, out of their small pond.

Mike Mushak and David Westmoreland of Norwalk, Conn, got this photo of a Great Egret on their porch. The egret was picturesque, but also ate several expensive fish, such as gold comets, out of their small pond.

A short, squat wader.

Lisa from Norwalk, Conn., took this photo of a Black-crowned Night Heron at Wood's Pond in Norwalk.

Lisa from Norwalk, Conn., took this photo of a Black-crowned Night Heron at Wood’s Pond in Norwalk.

Awesome Osprey shot by Jason Farrow in Norwalk, Connecticut.

Osprey in Norwalk, Connecticut, May 2014, by Jason Farrow.

Osprey in Norwalk, Connecticut, May 2014, by Jason Farrow.

Nice shot of Barred Owl taken by a New Hampshire resident visiting Florida:

Jim Gibbons of New Hampshire got this great shot of a Barred Owl at Corkscrew Swamp in Florida.

Jim Gibbons of New Hampshire got this great shot of a Barred Owl at Corkscrew Swamp in Florida.

A great shot of a welcomed visitor ..

L. Grimes of Hinsdale, N.H., got this photo of an Eastern Bluebird on Saturday, April 12, 2014.

L. Grimes of Hinsdale, N.H., got this photo of an Eastern Bluebird on Saturday, April 12, 2014.

Well, I complain every March that I have trouble finding American Woodcocks. Bob and Rosalie Boucher did not have any trouble this spring. They saw at least eight in a five-day stretch in their yard in Norwalk, Conn.

Rosalie Boucher captured this photo of an American Woodcock in her yard in Norwalk, Conn., in March 2014.

Rosalie Boucher captured this photo of an American Woodcock in her yard in Norwalk, Conn., in March 2014.

Rosalie Boucher captured this photo of two American Woodcocks in her yard in Norwalk, Conn., in March 2014.

Rosalie Boucher captured this photo of two American Woodcocks in her yard in Norwalk, Conn., in March 2014.

 

Bath time for Mourning Doves!

Bitsy Farnsworth of Norwalk, CT, grabbed this shot of bath time for Mourning Doves in March 2014.

Bitsy Farnsworth of Norwalk, CT, grabbed this shot of bath time for Mourning Doves in March 2014.

Ever held a Pileated Woodpecker. I sure haven’t.

Bob Bray of Norwalk, Connecticut, was returning from walking his dog one March 2014 morning when he heard a thud and found this Pileated Woodpecker on the ground. He held it for a while and the bird flew off — thankfully.

Bob Bray of Norwalk, Connecticut, was returning from walking his dog one March 2014 morning when he heard a thud and found this Pileated Woodpecker on the ground. He held it for a while and the bird flew off — thankfully.

Some Great Blue Herons try to stick out our New England winters. Here’s one in southern Connecticut. Or was this an early migrant?

Bill Zak grabbed this photo of a Great Blue Heron braving the half-frozen marshlands of Rowayton, Connecticut, in March 2014.

Bill Zak grabbed this photo of a Great Blue Heron braving the half-frozen marshlands of Rowayton, Connecticut, in March 2014.

Jeannie Merwin of Marlow, N.H., said this Barred Owl returned to her property on the same exact day as it did last year. This photo was taken in early March 2014.

Barred Owl by Jeannie Merwin in Marlow, N.H.

Barred Owl by Jeannie Merwin in Marlow, N.H.

Jason Farrow of Norwalk, CT, sent in this photo of an Osprey he took in the summer of 2013. He said the winter is getting long and his mind is straying to what he did last summer.

Jason Farrow of Norwalk, CT, sent in this photo of an Osprey he took in the summer of 2013.

Jason Farrow of Norwalk, CT, sent in this photo of an Osprey he took in the summer of 2013.

Rich Jenkins sent in this great shot of a Snowy Owl in late February 2014. The great Snowy Owl winter continues!

Rich Jenkins got this shot of a Snowy Owl at  Silver Sands State Park, Milford, in late February 2014.

Rich Jenkins got this shot of a Snowy Owl at Silver Sands State Park, Milford, in late February 2014.

Carl Cederstav of Norwalk, CT, sent in this photo of a red-morph Eastern Screech Owl that was under his deck.

Eastern Screech Owl sent in by Carl Cederstav of Norwalk, CT.

Eastern Screech Owl sent in by Carl Cederstav of Norwalk, CT.

A telltale sign of a Pileated Woodpecker.

Julie Parrott of Alstead, NH, grabbed this photo of the handiwork of a Pileated Woodpecker while walking in the New Hampshire woods.

Julie Parrott of Alstead, NH, grabbed this photo of the handiwork of a Pileated Woodpecker while walking in the New Hampshire woods.

Last week a reader submitted photos of a Barred Owl that they saw out a window in Fitzwilliam, N.H. This week, over in Hinsdale, N.H., a reader submitted photos of a Snowy Owl perched in a tree outside their window. How cool would that be?

Snowy Owl in Hinsdale, N.H., taken by L.Grimes., January 2014.

Snowy Owl in Hinsdale, N.H., taken by L.Grimes., January 2014.

Snowy Owl in Hinsdale, N.H., taken by L.Grimes., January 2014.

Snowy Owl in Hinsdale, N.H., taken by L.Grimes., January 2014.

What is that out the window?

Nancy Robie of Fitzwilliam, NH photographed this Barred Owl in her backyard. The owl was perched in a tree a few feet from her back deck on a Jan. 2014 day.

Nancy Robie of Fitzwilliam, NH photographed this Barred Owl in her backyard. The owl was perched in a tree a few feet from her back deck on a Jan. 2014 day.

Lots of robins. A few are pictured in this photo by Ginny Tyburski of Norwalk, Conn., but she said the holly bushes were filled with robins on this winter day.

Ginny Tyburski of Norwalk, Conn., photographed these robins during a Jan. 2014 winter day.

Ginny Tyburski of Norwalk, Conn., photographed these robins during a Jan. 2014 winter day.

A towhee in the snow.

Peter Hermance of Wilton, Conn. capture a photo of this Eastern Towhee at the beginning of a snow storm in Jan. 2014.

Peter Hermance of Wilton, Conn. capture a photo of this Eastern Towhee at the beginning of a snow storm in Jan. 2014.

Who doesn’t heart chickadees?

A chickadee visits a heart-shaped feeder in this photo taken by Karen Wells of Peterborough, N.H.

A chickadee visits a heart-shaped feeder in this photo taken by Karen Wells of Peterborough, N.H.

Here’s a reader’s first bird of 2014! Thanks for sharing.

Downy Woodpecker on suet feeder in Norwalk, CT, Jan. 1, 2014. Jason Farrow captured the moment.

Downy Woodpecker on suet feeder in Norwalk, CT, Jan. 1, 2014. Jason Farrow captured the moment.

Bright green birds in New England? Yes, Monk Parakeets may be found along coastal Connecticut.

Bob Weiss of Westport, CT., had these visitors to his backyard feeding station in Dec. 2013. Monk Parakeets are sometimes found at backyard feeders in coastal Connecticut.

Bob Weiss of Westport, CT., had these visitors to his backyard feeding station in Dec. 2013. Monk Parakeets are sometimes found at backyard feeders in coastal Connecticut.

Here are a few Pileated Woodpeckers taken in Nov. 2013 by Jacqueline Gorgues of Keene, N.H.

Pileated Woodpeckers taken Nov. 2013 by  Jacqueline Gorgues in Keene, N.H.

Pileated Woodpeckers taken Nov. 2013 by Jacqueline Gorgues in Keene, N.H.

Deb McWethy of Harrisville, N.H. sent in this photo of an Eastern Bluebird pair on a nesting box in mid-November, late for a sighting.

Deb McWethy of Harrisville, N.H. sent in this photo of an Eastern Bluebird pair on a nesting box in mid-November, late for a sighting.

Deb McWethy of Harrisville, N.H. sent in this photo of Eastern Bluebirds at a more appropriate season.

Deb McWethy of Harrisville, N.H. sent in this photo of Eastern Bluebirds at a more appropriate season.

Here's a bold white-tailed deer taking bird seed from a birdfeeder. Photo submitted by Doris McKee

Here’s a bold white-tailed deer taking bird seed from a birdfeeder. Photo submitted by Doris McKee

Here's a downy woodpecker photo submitted by William Kenney.

Here’s a downy woodpecker photo submitted by William Kenney.

2 thoughts on “Reader submitted photos

  1. Hi, New to this site. Hubby spotted an unusual, small bird which he described as looking “like a skeleton” on the greens of a nearby golf course in Halifax, Massachusetts. The lawn care manager also saw this peculiar looking bird but could not find it in any pics online. “It has a small, thin body, small head and not many feathers, and is a gray color”, husband Bill reports. Do any of you know of this unique species of bird? Could be it is not “from around here”. ?????

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    • Hmmm. Good question. I’m not sure what bird that might be, especially without many feathers. Upland Sandpiper is the only bird I can think of with a small head, but it’s not likely to be seen near a golf course. I’d love to help, though. Maybe he can get a photo. Doesn’t have to be a great photo. Thanks for writing.

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