A few leftover snow photo: Black-capped Chickadee

Photo by Chris Bosak A black-capped chickadee checks out a feeder during a snowstorm in Feb. 2017.

Photo by Chris Bosak
A black-capped chickadee checks out a feeder during a snowstorm in Feb. 2017.

Snowstorms are great for backyard birdwatchers. The snow adds an interesting element to an already fascinating subject. Here, and a few more in the days to come, are some more shots I got over the snowy weekend.

Another New England woodpecker in the snow; keep sending me your photos!

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Photo by Chris Bosak
A Red-bellied Woodpecker eyes a peanut a few days following a snowstorm in Danbury, Conn., February, 2017.

Yesterday I posted photos hairy and downy woodpeckers. Today it’s the red-bellied woodpecker’s turn. They love peanuts at my house (as you can tell from the amount of photos I post of them grabbing peanuts off my deck railing.)

Not too long ago, the red-bellied woodpecker wasn’t a New England woodpecker. The species is gradually expanding its range northward and is now very common in southern New England and becoming more and more common in the middle of New England.

Now that’s it’s snowing again (it’s the morning of Sunday, Feb. 12 as I write) feel free to keep sending me your snow bird photos. I got some great shots on Thursday from readers, how about some more? To see the Thursday entries, click here.

Birds in the snow photos; send me yours

Photo by Chris Bosak A junco seeks shelter in an old Christmas tree during the winter storm of Feb. 9, 2017.

Photo by Chris Bosak
A junco seeks shelter in an old Christmas tree during the winter storm of Feb. 9, 2017.

As kids we had snowball fights and played football in the snow. As adults we take photos of birds as our way of playing in the snow. Well, some of us anyway. Some of us still play the old-fashioned way, too.

So here are a few of my shots from today’s storm and a few photos from readers. Send in your shots for inclusion on this post, too! Send them to bozclark@earthlink.net

I’ll update this post throughout the day.

Thanks and have fun out there.

Welcomed visitor

Anna Fay of Marlow, N.H., captured this photo of a barred owl during the storm.

Anna Fay of Marlow, N.H., captured this photo of a barred owl during the storm.

Goldfinches and a nuthatch

Jason Farrow of Norwalk, Conn., captured this beautiful shot of a White-breasted Nuthatch.

Jason Farrow of Norwalk, Conn., captured this beautiful shot of a White-breasted Nuthatch.

Jason Farrow of Norwalk, Conn., captured this great shot of American goldfinches and a house finch.

Jason Farrow of Norwalk, Conn., captured this great shot of American goldfinches and a house finch.

Cardinal in snow, can’t go wrong

Ernest Franklin got this wonderful photo of a male cardinal during the snowstorm of Feb 9, 2017, in New Englnad.

Ernest Franklin of Winchester, N.H., got this wonderful photo of a male cardinal during the snowstorm of Feb 9, 2017, in New England.

Goldfinches galore

Jo Belasco of Colrain, Mass., got this great shot of American Goldfinches during the Feb. 9, 2017, snowstorm.

Jo Belasco of Colrain, Mass., got this great shot of American Goldfinches during the Feb. 9, 2017, snowstorm.

Another nice cardinal

Jo Belasco of Colrain, Mass., got this shot of a northern cardinal during the Feb. 9, 2017, snowstorm.

Jo Belasco of Colrain, Mass., got this shot of a northern cardinal during the Feb. 9, 2017, snowstorm.

Talk about variety!

Alicia Primer of Weston, Mass., got a nice variety of birds in this photo. How many can you pick out?

Alicia Primer of Weston, Mass., got a nice variety of birds in this photo. How many can you pick out?

Bluebirds in the snow, so cool!

Jeanne Ludlow sent in these great photos, taken with her iPhone, of Eastern Bluebirds.

Jeanne Ludlow of Warrington, Penn., sent in these great photos, taken with her iPhone, of Eastern Bluebirds.

Jeanne Ludlow sent in these great photos, taken with her iPhone, of Eastern Bluebirds.

Jeanne Ludlow of Warrington, Penn., sent in these great photos, taken with her iPhone, of Eastern Bluebirds.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Get ready for the storm! Send me your photos

Photo by Chris Bosak A Dark-eyed Junco eats a sunflower seedsthe day following a snow storm in New England, Jan. 2016.

Photo by Chris Bosak
A Dark-eyed Junco eats a sunflower seedsthe day following a snow storm in New England, Jan. 2016.

A snow storm is coming to New England. It makes for one of my favorite times to photograph birds in the backyard and beyond.

If you haven’t already, fill your feeders. You don’t want to wake up to several inches of snow and realize your feeders aren’t filled. Do it now, even in the dark. I just got done with mine. Sunflower seeds, suet cakes, bark butter and peanut nuggets. I also filled a sizable Tupperware container with seeds and brought it inside. That way I can toss some seeds out the window tomorrow at various times as the snow comes down. Many birds will eat seeds off the ground during these storms.

Please send me any photos you get tomorrow (Thursday) during the storm. I’ll post them on this site. It’s not a photo competition; just for fun. Send them to bozclark@earthlink.net.

Thanks and enjoy the storm.

 

Wood Ducks in the snow

Photo by Chris Bosak Wood Duck drakes swims at Woods Pond in Norwalk, Conn., during an early April snow fall, 2016.

Photo by Chris Bosak
Wood Duck drakes swims at Woods Pond in Norwalk, Conn., during an early April snow fall, 2016.

Another early-morning snow fall swept through parts of New England on Monday morning. Many people, I’m sure, cringed at the sight of more snow. As usual, my thoughts turned to photographing birds in the snow. It was an especially dark morning, but I managed to find and shoot some Wood Ducks at Woods Pond in Norwalk, Conn. Wood Ducks are Continue reading

Nuthatch after spring snow in New England

Photo by Chris Bosak A White-breasted Nuthatch takes a peanut from a feeder following a spring snow fall in New England in March 2016.

Photo by Chris Bosak
A White-breasted Nuthatch takes a peanut from a feeder following a spring snow fall in New England in March 2016.

The snow that covered the ground as New Englanders woke up on Monday morning seems like a distant memory. Sunshine and rising temperatures took care of the white stuff by the time afternoon rolled around.

But the morning certainly did look pretty and gave anyone who might be obsessed with photographing birds another chance to “shoot” them with a snowy background. Being of that ilk, I took advantage of the freshly fallen snow in the morning. I didn’t venture far. In fact, I focused on my feeders as they were particularly busy.

Here’s one shot from this morning — a White-breasted Nuthatch at my apple-shaped feeder. More to come, including additional photos of that homemade feeder being used.

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More photos of the Yellow-bellied Sapsucker

Photo by Chris Bosak A Yellow-bellied Sapsucker clings to a tree during a cold snap in Danbury, Conn., Feb. 2016.

Photo by Chris Bosak
A Yellow-bellied Sapsucker clings to a tree during a cold snap in Danbury, Conn., Feb. 2016.

Yes, the Yellow-bellied Sapsucker is a real bird. And I had one on my suet feeder this weekend during the cold snap in New England.

It was the first time I had ever had a sapsucker on a feeder of mine in about 20 years of birdfeeding. Plenty of other woodpeckers, but never a sapsucker before. I have, however, seen plenty of them in the woods among my wanderings, but never on a feeder before. Here are a few more photos of my visitor, none of Continue reading

More Brown Creeper photos from #GBBC

Photo by Chris Bosak A Brown Creeper finds food at the base of a tree during a cold snap in February 2016, Danbury, Connecticut.

Photo by Chris Bosak
A Brown Creeper finds food at the base of a tree during a cold snap in February 2016, Danbury, Connecticut.

Here are some more shots of the Brown Creeper that visited my yard during the cold snap experienced in New England over the weekend. With temperatures at or even below zero for much of the weekend, it wasn’t easy snapping photos of birds in the yard, but the thrill of seeing these energetic, albeit rather nondescript, birds made me forget about the cold for the time being.

Brown Creepers may not be much to look at with their small size and white and brown coloring, they are a thrill to see nonetheless. They are rather common in New England, but it’s not a bird you see every day, or in great n Continue reading

For the Birds column: Snow is no problem for birds

Photo by Chris Bosak A Tufted Titmouse and White-breasted Nuthatch share a feeder during a snowstorm in Danbury, Conn., Jan. 23, 2016.

Photo by Chris Bosak
A Tufted Titmouse and White-breasted Nuthatch share a feeder during a snowstorm in Danbury, Conn., Jan. 23, 2016.

Here’s the latest For the Birds column, which runs weekly in The Hour (Norwalk, Conn.) and Keene (NH) Sentinel:

One of my favorite times to watch birds is when the snow is falling. Not a driving snow with icy temperatures and high winds, but an otherwise rather pleasant day with frozen crystals falling from the sky and covering everything with a fresh coat of white.

I do not shy away from taking walks to look for birds when the snow is actively falling, in fact I thoroughly enjoy walks at such times. But I also enjoy very much watching the activity at the feeders during snow falls.

As long as the snow is not falling at too fast a rate, the birds will continue coming to feeders. Indeed, during light and moderate snow falls the birds may be seen at higher-than-usual …

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More “junco in the snow” photos

Photo by Chris Bosak A Dark-eyed Junco eats a sunflower seedsthe day following a snow storm in New England, Jan. 2016.

Photo by Chris Bosak
A Dark-eyed Junco eats a sunflower seedsthe day following a snow storm in New England, Jan. 2016.

My last posting on this site highlighted the plumage of a Dark-eyed Junco. But why stop at just one photo of a junco in the snow? I can’t think of a reason, so here’s a few more. Juncos mainly show up at our feeders in the winter, so we may as well enjoy these small sparrows while we can. The ones with darker plumage are adult males; the ones with lighter plumage are females or first-year males.

Photo by Chris Bosak A Dark-eyed Junco looks for seeds during a snow storm in New England, Jan. 2016.

Photo by Chris Bosak
A Dark-eyed Junco looks for seeds during a snow storm in New England, Jan. 2016.

Photo by Chris Bosak A Dark-eyed Junco looks for seeds the day following a snow storm in New England, Jan. 2016.

Photo by Chris Bosak
A Dark-eyed Junco looks for seeds the day following a snow storm in New England, Jan. 2016.

Photo by Chris Bosak A Dark-eyed Junco looks for seeds the day following a snow storm in New England, Jan. 2016.

Photo by Chris Bosak
A Dark-eyed Junco looks for seeds the day following a snow storm in New England, Jan. 2016.