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!

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.

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