A Red-tailed Hawk awaits movement on a snow strewn field.
Slate gray skies melded into a misty horizon. Gusts of wind toyed with intermittent moisture. The birds did not care. They were gathered around our feeders; pecking or picking, squating or searching. While the weather was powerless to against the birds, the feeders cleared each time a Northern Harrier extended its search beyond the hay field to the west.
The below photographs are American Goldfinches, Downy Woodpecker, House Finch and a White-crowned Sparrow.
The feeders also welcomed the following species: American Tree Sparrow, Brown-headed Cowbird, Brewer’s Blackbird, Carolina Chickadee, Dark-eyed Junco, European Starling, House Sparrow, Mourning Dove, Northern Cardinal, Red-breasted Nuthatch, Red-breasted Woodpecker, Red-winged Blackbird, Song Sparrow, Tufted Titmouse.
I took a break driving along Lake Erie in mid October. I usually just use the iPhone camera when I’m taking 10 minutes to stretch my legs. But I had a real-life digital camera with me, so why not carry it? And if I’m going to carry it, might as well use it.
A female Boat-tailed Grackle surveys Folly Beach on Folly Island, SC.
These juvenile Northern Mockingbirds were foraging on Folly Island, SC. Without a doubt, they were in competition with one another. Their mother wan’t far away, yet gave them space.
Ever experience temptation in the midst of your best intentions?
I am purposeful in my approach to the outdoors. If I’m in a wilderness area to shoot photographs, I capture images. If that means I only hike a half mile, so be it.
Earlier this month I went for a work out at John Bryan State Park in western Ohio. Unfortunately, I track workouts with a smart phone. This means I carry a digital camera.
A clear view of the Little Miami River slashing through the gorge was too much for me. For a period if time I abandoned the exercize for the sake of a few photos.
Since I’ve already confessed my faility, I might as well share the images. How do you deal with such internal conflicts?
A Black and White Warbler in its most natural state – hanging upside on a tree branch searching for insects. This photograph was taken at Headlands Beach State Park on the shores of Lake Erie.
As the winter knocks ever more loudly on fall’s door, most of the migrants have left central Ohio. Fortunately, birds such as the American Tree Sparrow stick around all year. Photograph taken at Blues Creek Preserve.