January 17, 2017
Sharp-shinned hawk, I think. At first I thought this was a Gray Jay when it cruised to a landing in the Rhododendrons near the bird-feeder, so I immediately ran for the camera. As soon as I got a closer look I could see it is a much more familiar bird. Had to take the photos through double-glazed window, as usual. It tried several different perches before taking off for the edge of the woods.
November 26, 2016
Nov.25, afternoon on a damp day. The tidal Middle Machias River just off the boat launch behind Helen’s at mid-tide. Is this a Hooded Merganser with the cute crest? Is that a Long Tailed duck partially hidden by the gull, and not clearly visible in the group photo? It seems an unlikely spot for that. And the other ducks, Black Ducks? or are they Mallards? Advice is welcome!
May 9, 2016
08 May, 2016 Frenchman’s Hill fire-pond, Bar Harbor, Maine. Female Goose was sitting on her island nest with male standing guard on the mainland on Saturday evening. Sunday afternoon Mother Goose had joined Papa Goose on the shore with their goslings.Four goslings are visible in the photos which were taken in the rain and from inside the car, parked at a distance because I did not want to distress them. I think I saw a fifth gosling.
May 5, 2016
Beidler Forest Audubon Sanctuary, SC 26April, 2016
Seen from the boardwalk, near the place where it divides. This is a banded bird. The Audubon staff helped us to find these birds, We saw two.
April 17, 2016
Sparrow skulking under a feeder near the rhododendrons, 17 April, Bar Harbor. There has been a Song Sparrow in the yard for several weeks, and when I look at the photo, the tail and the stripes on the upper breast between neck and wing make me think this is it, although I haven’t heard it singing recently. On the other hand, the cap looks a little more red and uniform than I expect, and the bill thinner. Can anyone help me with the ID based on the scanty evidence in this photo? Thank you for any helpful comments.