Photographs by Frank

19 May 2015

Big Bertha Returns

Filed under: Birds,Monadnock Region,Spring,The "New" Yard & Environs — Tags: — Frank @ 11:00 PM

Last evening I took a drive and picked up Big Bertha* from the repairman. Don’t ask how she ended up in the shop… I’m trying to forget!

This afternoon, just to make sure that all is working properly, I set up by the feeders and gave Bertha a thorough workout. All is looking good, as you can see in the photos below.

The male red-winged blackbird made an appearance again… just to observe. Very strange… the feeders are set up at the edge of the woods (i.e. it is not typical red-winged blackbird habitat) and we are at least a quarter mile from the nearest marsh where these birds usually hangout.

The other interesting visitor was a great crested flycatcher. I do not think that I have ever seen one before.

At least the feeders are in the right habitat for this species… mature deciduous forest, according to Sibley. This individual just perched for a minute or two near the feeders before it flew off.

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Eastern Pheobe
Eastern Pheobe
Downy Woodpecker
Downy Woodpecker
Goldfinch #1
Goldfinch #1
Great Crested Flycatcher
Great Crested Flycatcher
Red-winged Blackbird
Red-winged Blackbird
American Robin
American Robin
Tufted Titmouse
Tufted Titmouse
Goldfinch #2
Goldfinch #2

* My 600 mm f/4 lens.


 

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