Checking In, 06/28/20

I haven’t posted in a couple of weeks – it’s not that I haven’t gotten out, it’s just that time of year where the birds are basically all expected breeding species, doing their thing, so there’s not as much excitement (at least not locally). Still, I’ve enjoyed getting out, taken some hikes, and continued atlasing in my priority block. I struggled last week to get many post-worthy photos, but I did a little bit better this week.

~Red-winged Blackbird coming in for a landing. Knapp’s View, 06/25/20.~
~Common Gallinule peeking out of the vegetation, Wallkill River NWR, 06/26/20.~
~This is a bird that I haven’t gotten a good look at nor a photo of in ages. Marsh Wren at Wallkill River NWR, 06/26/20.~
~I was messing around with my 1.4x extender on this night – it’s a lot harder to get on a flying Least Bittern, I can tell you that! This one’s a little soft, but I still like it. LEBI at Wallkill River NWR, 06/26/20.~
~Puffed up and calling Common Gallinule at Wallkill River NWR, 06/16/20.~
~Song Sparrow with a bill-full at Wallkill River NWR, 06/26/20. This one was also taken with the 1.4x extender.~
~Female Bobolink at Knapp’s View, 06/25/20.~
~It’s not very often that you’ll see a snapping turtle with a pile of rocks balanced on its head. Goosepond Mountain S.P., 06/21/20.~

8 thoughts on “Checking In, 06/28/20”

    1. Thanks John! I can remember going out the Bash and desperately trying to just catch a glimpse of a Least Bittern. You know, I never once did. I find it interesting that the same species will be more or less secretive in certain locations. In contrast to the Bashakill, if you go to DeKorte in Bergen County NJ, (at least in previous years, I haven’t been in a while), the Least Bitterns are extremely accommodating. Matt

  1. Some fabulous shots here, Matt, especially the red winged blackbird, the least bittern, and the snapper!

  2. Great photos. Need a least and common gal yet HD a Kentucky warbler at Jockey Hollow yesterday.
    Bruce

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