Red-headed Woodpecker

I was prospecting for gold in the spring 2017 section of my file vault and immediately stumbled upon this little nugget. Surely I’ve posted this beauty already, surely I have. A quick check revealed that I had, in fact, not posted this last spring. The ensuing investigation as to why showed that I had posted a whole nuther Red-headed Woodpecker within a week of getting this shot, what are the odds!?! So into the vault he went, saved for some crummy winter day to cheer me up after being dismayed by the search results for “First day of spring.”

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Cooper’s Hawk

I was headed to the Celery Bog the other day and my BSP started going crazy! I had visions of piercing eyes, huge claws and a face made for ripping flesh. My BSP is never wrong so I knew all I had to do was show up and collect me some owl photos. Is it a Great Horned Owl or a Long-eared Owl? We’ll just have to wait and see. You might think bird sensory perception takes the fun out of birding and for some it might, but not me. I took about ten steps into the woods upon my arrival and there he was, just as I had envisioned– a Cooper’s Hawk! I knew it, BSP never fails!

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Ruby-throated Hummingbird

Last spring I documented the arrival of a Ruby-throated Hummingbird to the Celery Bog. He watched over this particular perch for a solid week and I was there each day trying to get a shot of that ruby-red throat. Clicking through my files recently revealed a neat little animation of the week I spent trying to coax the rubies out of him! Here are 98 of those files.

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House Wren

As I peruse my archives lately it occurs to me that a lot of skittish birds warmed up to me last year. Now, these aren’t nemesis birds by any means, but nemesisish? Nemesis-like? Maybe. More like uncooperative photography subjects. House Wrens are easy to find at the Celery Bog, just look in the general direction of the many wren houses. They sure do love their houses! Getting them to pose on a nice, clean branch though, was almost impossible. Until last year.

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Red-bellied Woodpecker

This Red-bellied Woodpecker is the latest buried treasure I’ve discovered in my archives. I remember that warm spring day well, waiting patiently to see what he would find under the bark of the tree. Aaaand… it’s a crunchy little insect of some kind, I knew it!

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Common Yellowthroat

Last Summer I tried hard to get some good Common Yellowthroat shots and when I finally did I hurried up and shared them with the world. The next day I got some more good shots, and the day after that I got even more. Sigh, I can’t post all these yellowthroats back to back, that’s boring. Fast forward to January and me discovering all these yellowthroat photos that never got posted, not so boring now!

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Possum

I’ve got one critter at the house who is a little different from the rest. He’s pudgy and slow and gray, but he loves him some peanuts! No, it’s not me! It’s my little possum pal! His mom brought him over recently on the first warm night and now that he knows the way, he doesn’t even wait for dark. Meanwhile, my poor squirrels perch on the railing looking at me like, DO something about this!!!

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Scarlet Tanager

I was looking for a particular photo to post today, a duck from last fall. 1455 is the file number, I thought to myself as I keyed it in confidently while marveling at my amazing powers of recollection. But when I hit enter what I got was a giant Scarlet Tanager peering down at me from the treetops! GAH!!! Yeah, let’s go with this instead. I’m not sure why he didn’t get posted last spring, but he’s here now!

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Magnolia Warbler

I remember it well, that late summer’s eve. Magnolia Warblers and sunshine abound! Ice and snow were the furthest things from my mind that day. So many photos were taken, too many cooperative birds to count. When will I have time to post them all? How about in the dead of winter, when I could really use a little warbletastic warming up from the wayback machine.

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Northern Shoveler

I wasn’t expecting much as I slid down the snowy hill toward my favorite spot at the Celery Bog, just ice, gobs and gobs of ice. Imagine my surprise then, when I realized that open water was near, and my shovel buddies were in there! Ten Northern Shovelers face down, paddling in a circle like a crazy little ducknado!

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Squirrel Sunday

This little fuzzball joined my squirrel herd a year ago; just walked right up and introduced himself. “How do you tell them apart?” people ask. Well, I can’t always, but in this case: Biggest. Ears. EVER! Also he’s really sweet and waits for me every day by the back door.

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Palm Warbler

As wind whipped the treetops and ice bombs pelted the house I needed a reprieve. So I took a little ride in my wayback machine to a much warmer time- the fall warbler migration. There were so many birds last fall that I couldn’t get to them all. Save them for a winter day was my thinking at the time, and it doesn’t get more winter day than this. I think this Palm Warbler would agree.

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Downy Woodpecker

As a professional wildlife photographer, my job is to get the shot. Not a feather out of place, bright-eyed and bushy-tailed, fastly focused, perfectly perched, good light, and creamy, dreamy, beautiful bokeh. Take this Downy Woodpecker for example, he’s uhh… heh heh, it’s just that err, hmm. Well, I got it half right, but he sure is cute!

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Carolina Wren

As I approached the area where I’ve been seeing Carolina Wrens lately, I wondered what it was about this spot in the dead of winter that they liked so much. Food? Shelter? Starbucks? Before I could propose some ridiculous theory, the answer revealed itself. Heat! There in the bank of a small drainage ditch were two tiny wren sized dimples, and I only know that because, right on cue, a wren plopped down in there and practically melted before my eyes!

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