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Friday, November 19, 2021

Lunar Eclipse 2021, Spectacular!

Spectacular lunar eclipse last night. I got up at 5 a.m. because the weather forecast here in MA said rain last night then clearing. I lucked out and saw this amazing sight in a clear sky filled with stars. The lunar eclipse was the longest one in over 500 years. This moon is called the Frost Moon or Beaver Moon because it is the time of year when frosts occur and busy beavers are actively storing a large cache of favorite tree branches secured in the mud underwater near their lodge entrance. I embrace the full moon's energy and always try to take its photo. (Photo with Nikon P950 on moon setting, slightly cropped, but other than that, untouched).

 

Monday, October 25, 2021

It's Golden Eagle Time!!

 

Where eagles fly, it's Golden Eagle time! I am blessed to live where I can see eagles and they have special meaning for me as the Bald Eagle is my first spark bird. While Bald Eagles are common here in NH and nest relatively close by me, Golden Eagles are a rare migrant. We are approaching prime time for them to migrate past Pack Monadnock Raptor Migration Observatory and none has been seen yet. After the weather clears get out there if you can, and dress warmly!! Fyi, the Red Crossbill is my second spark bird and has set me on a new course, can you guess, lol, writing a finch guide! (photo from another time)

Thursday, October 21, 2021

23,357 record number White-winged Crossbill migration yesterday!


 23,357 was the total number of White-winged Crossbills that migrated past the Dunes de Tadoussac bird observatory, in Quebec on the St. Lawrence river, yesterday, a record. They also had 2,230 Pine Siskins migrate. You can see amazing photos and video from then at this eBird checklist.

https://ebird.org/qc/checklist/S96486498...

Meanwhile, I can always hope that finch dreams become a reality and that some of them show up in NH this winter, preferably at my feeders, as this one did in 2011!

Sunday, October 17, 2021

Black-bellied Plover and other shorebirds still coming through NH!

 

Black-bellied Plovers and other shorebirds are still migrating through NH. Look for them at the coast and also inland water areas with exposed shorelines and flats.

Friday, October 08, 2021

Pine Grosbeak Beauty

It's Finch Friday. Today's finch is a Pine Grosbeak, male. These beautiful birds live in the boreal forest and western mountains of North America, irrupting south in years of food shortage. Then you might see them in parking lots eating crabapples in winter (where I photographed this one).

 

Thursday, October 07, 2021

October Big Day, Global Bird Weekend, is here!

This weekend. Sat. Oct. 9th is October Big Day! All you have to do is count birds wherever you are, even at your feeders and submit your list to eBird. You will also be part of the Global Bird Weekend where thousands of birders across the globe participate, read more here,
Have fun!!