great blue heron

The Great Blue Heron (Ardea herodias) has been a daily visitor at the pond. It is, no doubt, feasting on the strong populations of toads and goldfish. Though it is a frequent visitor, I’ve yet to capture a quality image. I’ll keep trying but meanwhile….


Photo and video taken early April during a warm toad mating day as you can hear in the background of the video.

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Bright Spot in Winter


Northern Cardinal (Cardinalis cardinalis). My eyes are not great and I have yet to carry a pair of binoculars with me. However, in these bare branches of grey and brown, even I cannot miss this brilliant flash. One of the strategies that I’m trying to use to learn the birds on this site is through learning their sounds. The Cornell Lab of Ornithology link gives the bird song so that I can become familiar with it. When I hear their call, it is like hearing the voice of a someone I know.


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Sweet winter sound


White-Throated Sparrow (Zonotrichia albicollis).Β Photo taken February 25, 2013 late morning with temperatures in low 4o’s. The less vibrantly marked sparrows of this type are known as Tan Striped. I, finally, know what has been singing that song! (Click this link to hear that sweet song.)


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