Sunday Shots, Catch-up Edition, 08/02/20

Since returning from Maine, work has been busy, and I’ve also been busy with projects at home. So, while I’ve gotten out a fair bit, I haven’t really had time to look at photos or do any posts.

The big news this week was on Thursday, when Bruce Nott finding an adult LITTLE BLUE HERON at Beaver Pond on Pines Hill Road in Chester. I ran for the bird on my lunch hour and was able to get a brief, distant look. I got better looks (not much) yesterday; I’ve included a severely backlit and distant photo of the bird at the bottom of this post.

~A young Eastern Towhee peers through the vegetation, Goosepond Mountain State Park, 07/24/20.~

Other than that, for me it’s been mostly more of the usuals. Shorebirds are on the move, but it’s usually tough to get good shorebird shots in Orange County. In the last couple of days, I’ve had the following shorebirds:

  • Citgo Pond: Least Sandpipers, Solitary Sandpiper, Spotted Sandpiper, Killdeer.
  • Beaver Pond: Least Sandpipers, Solitary Sandpipers, Killdeer, and Semipalmated Plovers.
  • Camel Farm: Lesser Yellowlegs and Killdeer.
  • Skinner’s Lane: Killdeer.
~Singing Hermit Thrush at Schoolhouse Pond Preserve in Boothbay Region in Maine, 07/22/20.~

I’ve also include some shots from Maine, where Red-breasted Nuthatches and Hermit Thrushes were pretty easy to come by. I also had a nice pile of harbor seals loafing on the rocks at Porter Preserve and Roberts Wharf.

~Another Hermit Thrush at Schoolhouse Pond Preserve in Boothbay Region in Maine, 07/22/20.~
~Always a favorite, Red-breasted Nuthatch at Porter Preserve, 07/22/20.~
~Fittingly, it has been the year of the yard bird for me. Ruby-throated Hummingbird in my yard on 07/13/20.~
~A young Red-winged Blackbird checks me out as I take its photo. This is a shot that I just love for some reason. 6 1/2 Station Road Sanctuary, 07/26/20.~
~Eastern Kingbird at Owens Station Road in Sussex County NJ, 07/25/20.~
~Swamp Sparrow singing at the Liberty Loop, 07/13/20.~
~Harbor Seals at Porter Preserve in Maine, 07/22/20.~
~Silhouette of a beautiful LITTLE BLUE HERON, 08/01/20.~

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