A flurry of winter bird photos before spring begins

Photo by Chris Bosak A red-bellied woodpecker grabs a peanut from a feeder, March 2018.

Photo by Chris Bosak
A red-bellied woodpecker grabs a peanut from a feeder, March 2018.

Andrew, my 14-year-old going on 21, and I took a walk in the woods together this evening. These walks don’t happen as often as they used to or as much as I’d like, so I was more than happy when he said ‘yes,’ when I asked if he’d like to come along.

The trail behind my house is covered in snow, but it’s been walked on and packed down so it’s not much different than walking on dirt or on a sidewalk. But, as my walks with Andrew almost always go, we veered off the path to check out one thing or another. As we ventured away from the path, the snow at spots was still a foot or more deep. A foot or deeper on March 19, two days away from the official start of Continue reading

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Walking around in five, no make that six, feet of snow

Photo by Chris Bosak Historic snowfall in Erie, Pennsylvania, Dec. 2017.

Photo by Chris Bosak
Historic snowfall in Erie, Pennsylvania, Dec. 2017.

Erie, Pennsylvania was socked with a five-foot snowfall that started on Christmas and stopped two days later. A few days after that another foot fell. I saw the national news accounts of the historic snow, but I was also lucky enough to witness it myself.

I grew up just outside of Erie and I still have family there, so this great city is my annual post-Christmas destination. A foreboding forecast didn’t dampen my desire to get “home” for Christmas and to have my boys see their uncles and grandfather. Besides, the snow was forecasted to be centralized right in Erie. True to the weatherman’s word, the first 19/20th of the seven-hour trip was a piece of cake. Half an hour south of Erie the sun was shining and grass blades stuck out through the meager snowfall amount.

For those not familiar with Erie, it is on the shore of Lake Erie. Just like Buffalo, Erie often gets pummeled by lake-effect snow. So as I got closer to the lake, the snow started coming down and it barely stopped the entire time I was there — which, by the way, was supposed to be three days but turned out being six because of the snow.

While I didn’t venture far from my brother’s house, my brother and I did take a short walk to a small park in his neighborhood. Notice I said “short” walk, not quick walk. We covered only about a mile, but trudging through thigh-high snow with no snowshoes proved to be quite a workout.

I didn’t get any bird photos, but did manage to snap a few keepers. So, here’s what five, no six, feet of snow looks like. More photos coming in the coming days, too.

Photo by Chris Bosak Historic snowfall in Erie, Pennsylvania, Dec. 2017.

Photo by Chris Bosak
Historic snowfall in Erie, Pennsylvania, Dec. 2017.

Anyone want to catch a baseball game? These are bleachers at a youth baseball field.

Photo by Chris Bosak Historic snowfall in Erie, Pennsylvania, Dec. 2017.

Photo by Chris Bosak
Historic snowfall in Erie, Pennsylvania, Dec. 2017.

Here’s the fence in foul territory along the first-base line.

Photo by Chris Bosak Historic snowfall in Erie, Pennsylvania, Dec. 2017.

Photo by Chris Bosak
Historic snowfall in Erie, Pennsylvania, Dec. 2017.

I’ll end with a bird-related photo …

Photo by Chris Bosak Historic snowfall in Erie, Pennsylvania, Dec. 2017.

Photo by Chris Bosak
Historic snowfall in Erie, Pennsylvania, Dec. 2017.

Red-winged blackbird singing: Cleaning off the desktop to get ready for fall

Photo by Chris Bosak A red-winged blackbird sings from the top of a tree at Happy Landings in Brookfield, Conn., spring 2017.

Photo by Chris Bosak
A red-winged blackbird sings from the top of a tree at Happy Landings in Brookfield, Conn., spring 2017.

I almost forgot about a series of red-winged blackbird photos I took on the same day I captured nice images of cedar waxwings and bobolinks. I’m glad I started this cleaning off the desktop project or this photo may never have seen the light of day.

Yellowthroat singing: Cleaning off the desktop to get ready for fall

Photo by Chris Bosak A common yellowthroat sings from a perch in Brookfield, Conn., during spring 2017.

Photo by Chris Bosak
A common yellowthroat sings from a perch in Brookfield, Conn., during spring 2017.

I posted one shot of this common yellowthroat early this spring. Never had time to edit the other photos until now.

Photo by Chris Bosak A common yellowthroat sings from a perch in Brookfield, Conn., during spring 2017.

Photo by Chris Bosak
A common yellowthroat sings from a perch in Brookfield, Conn., during spring 2017.

Starting with towhees: Cleaning off the desktop to get ready for fall

Photo by Chris Bosak An eastern towhee perches in thick brush in Ridgefield, Conn., spring 2017.

Photo by Chris Bosak
An eastern towhee perches in thick brush in Ridgefield, Conn., spring 2017.

The spring and summer went by so quickly I didn’t have time to post many of the photos I was able to capture. Typically I posted a few shots of an outing in a post, but filed the dozens of other photos in a “get to them later” folder.

Well, with fall migration starting already, I figured this would be a good time to get around to them. So, without much fanfare or description, these next few posts will be random shots I collected this past spring and summer.

This post features the eastern towhees I found during an early May walk at Bennett’s Pond State Park in Ridgefield, Conn.

Photo by Chris Bosak An eastern towhee perches in thick brush in Ridgefield, Conn., spring 2017.

Photo by Chris Bosak
An eastern towhee perches in thick brush in Ridgefield, Conn., spring 2017.

Photo by Chris Bosak
An eastern towhee perches in thick brush in Ridgefield, Conn., spring 2017.

 

Yellow-crowned Night Heron chilling out

Photo by Chris Bosak A Yellow-crowned Night Heron in Norwalk, Conn., summer 2017.

Photo by Chris Bosak
A Yellow-crowned Night Heron in Norwalk, Conn., summer 2017.

Here’s a shot I got of a Yellow-crowned Night Heron just chilling out on a branch in a marsh last week. Yellow-crowned Night Herons are good at chilling out as that’s usually what I see them doing. Good for them.

Yellow-crowned Night Herons are birds of the marshes and other tidal areas. They look similar to their cousin, the Black-crowned Night Heron, which is found around brackish and fresh water. Black-crowned Night Herons are a bit more stocky, however.