AMERICAN ANHINGA - Detail, Trinity FL 12/17
       
     
GREAT GRAY OWL 3 9 17, Newport NH
       
     
White-Throated Sparrow -  Andover, MA
       
     
COOPERS HAWK 10/15  Andover MA (Another View)
       
     
Backyard Turkey (Walking on the roof of a shed)
       
     
TRI-COLOR HERON Trinity FL- December 2015
       
     
Housefinch on Ice
       
     
Cardinal in the Snow #4
       
     
PORTRAIT of a LITTLE BLUE HERON  Trinity, FL, 2015
       
     
Female Redwing Blackbird #2 , Andover, MA 5/15
       
     
Cardinal in the Snow #5 (painted effect)
       
     
Nuthatch Defying Gravity
       
     
Cardinal in the Snow #1
       
     
Hummingbird #2 (painted effect)
       
     
Northern Cardinal (male), Andover, MA 2017
       
     
Goldfinch Landing
       
     
RUBY-THROAT HUMMINGBIRD (Male) Andover, MA 2015
       
     
Red-Bellied Woodpecker #1
       
     
Nuthatch
       
     
Finch on Thistle
       
     
House Finch in the Snow #2 (painted effect)
       
     
TRI-COLOR HERON standing by the water's edge, Trinity FL, 2015
       
     
Ruby-Throated Hummingbird 8/15, Andover, MA
       
     
Housefinch in the Snow #3
       
     
Finch #2 on Rose Thornbush
       
     
GREAT GRAY OWL  3/9/17  Newport NH  #5
       
     
GREAT GRAY OWL  3-17, Newport, NH
       
     
Red-Bellied Woodpecker #2
       
     
Common Grackle, Andover MA in Monochrome Black and White 2015
       
     
Male House Finch After a Rain Andover, MA
       
     
Redwing Blackbird #2-Andover MA 4/15
       
     
Cardinal #8 in the snow
       
     
American Goldfinch Andover, MA 4/15
       
     
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Young Male Cardinal
       
     
Common Grackle in Snow #2
       
     
Male Downy Woodpecker #2 Andover, MA
       
     
Housefinch in Spring Colors
       
     
Purple Finch Female - Andover, MA 4/15
       
     
Redwing Blackbird #3-Andover MA, 5/15
       
     
Female Ruby-Throated Hummingbird in FLIGHT 8/15
       
     
Rose-Breasted Grossbeak (male) Andover, MA 6/15
       
     
Carolina Wren -March 2015, Andover, MA
       
     
House Sparrow - Andover, MA 4/15
       
     
Male Cardinal in March Snow-Andover, MA
       
     
European Starling (wearing "Winter" dress) in Andover, MA 5/15
       
     
Ruby-Throated Hummingbird ( male) 8/15 Andover, MA
       
     
Ruby-Throat Hummingbird (female) Andover, MA 2012
       
     
LITTLE BLUE HERON WALKING the shoreline - Trinity FL,  2015
       
     
Rose Breasted Grossbeak-male Andover MA 6-15
       
     
BLUE JAY 6-2015 Andover, MA
       
     
American Goldfinch (male) Andover, MA June 2015
       
     
TUFTED TITMOUSE Andover MA 7-15
       
     
RUBY-THROATED HUMMINGBIRD  (MALE) 8/15, Andover, MA
       
     
HUMMINGBIRD reaching for the SKY  Andover, MA  2015
       
     
House Wren August 11, 2015 Andover, MA
       
     
Ruby-Throat Hummingbird August 17, 2015  Andover, MA
       
     
Carolina Wren - Andover, MA 2015
       
     
COMMON GRACKLE in FULL COLOR, Andover MA 2015
       
     
LITTLE BLUE HERON  Trinity FL, 2015
       
     
Downy Woodpecker(Male) Andover, MA 2015
       
     
COOPERS HAWK Andover, MA  October 2015
       
     
WHITE-THROATED SPARROW Andover.  MA 2015
       
     
MOTTLED DUCKS, Trinity FL 2015
       
     
JUVINILE WOOD STORK Foraging in the shallows  Trinity FL, 2015
       
     
AMERICAN ROBIN -Andover, MA 2016
       
     
RUBYTHROAT Hummingbird, LATE August 2016, Andover, MA
       
     
RED-BELLIED WOODPECKER, Female, 2016, Andover, MA
       
     
MALE HOUSE FINCH - January 2016, Andover, MA
       
     
RUBYTHROAT HUMMINGBIRD "pursuing a meal" 2016,-Andover, MA
       
     
NORTHERN MOCKINGBIRD, January 2016, Andover, MA
       
     
COMMON GRACKLE Andover, MA 2016
       
     
DARK-EYED JUNCO (Female) Andover, MA 2016
       
     
NORTHERN CARDINAL  (male), 2016, Andover MA
       
     
RUBYTHROAT HUMMINGBIRD #2, Late AUGUST 2016, Andover, MA
       
     
RED-WINGED BLACKBIRD ( male) on a a branch, Andover MA 2016
       
     
 RED-WINGED BLACKBIRD (male)"suet faced", Andover, MA 2016
       
     
NORTHERN CARDINAL (Male) Andover, MA, April 2016
       
     
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AMERICAN ROBIN "perched", 2016, Andover, MA
       
     
NORTHERN CARDINAL (Young Male) Andover, MA 2016
       
     
REDWING BLACKBIRD (male), April 2016, Andover, MA
       
     
Female Rubythroat Hummingbird- Early August  2016. Andover, MA
       
     
REDWING BLACKBIRD (Female), May 2016, Andover, MA
       
     
BALTIMORE ORIOLE   May 2016, Andover, MA
       
     
GRAY CATBIRD  Spring 2016, Andover, MA
       
     
RUBY-THROAT HUMMINGBIRD  2016, Andover, MA
       
     
BLACKCAPPED CHICKADEE, JUNE 2016, Andover, MA
       
     
FEMALE RedWinged Blackbird -Spring, 2016
       
     
GREAT GRAY OWL 3/9/17  Newport NH  #3
       
     
Female RubyThroat Hummingbird, Early August 2016
       
     
HAIRY WOODPECKER (male) Andover, MA 2016
       
     
BLUEJAY 2016, Andover MA
       
     
WHITE-BREASTED NUTHATCH, Andover, MA 2016
       
     
RUBYTHROAT Hummingbird-Female Mid August 2016
       
     
Male NORTHERN CARDINAL, Andover, MA 11/24/16
       
     
RED-BELLIED WOODPECKER 12/16 Andover, MA
       
     
DARK-EYED JUNCO   2016,  Andover, MA
       
     
RED-BELLIED WOODPECKER in the SNOW 2016, Andover, MA
       
     
HAIRY WOODPECKER (male)  2016  Andover, MA
       
     
WHIT-BREASTED NUTHATCH 12/16 Andover MA
       
     
NORTHERN CARDINAL (female)  12/16  Andover, MA
       
     
BLUE JAY  2016  Andover, MA
       
     
AMERICAN GOLDFINCH (male-winter color) 2017  Andover, MA
       
     
BLACK-CAPPED CHICKADEE  2017 Andover, MA
       
     
TUFTED TITMOUSE  2017  Andover, MA
       
     
NORTHERN CARDINAL  2017  Andover, MA
       
     
WHITE-BREASTED NUTHATCH  2017  Andover, MA
       
     
RUBYTHROAT HUMMINGBIRD (immature male ) 2016  Andover, MA
       
     
DARK-EYED JUNCO (male) Andover, MA 2017
       
     
AMERICAN GOLDFINCH (male) Andover, MA , Winter 2017
       
     
NORTHERN CARDINAL (male) Andover, MA 2017
       
     
RED-BELLIED WOODPECKER (male) Andover, MA 2017
       
     
AMERCAN NORTHERN BLUEJAY Andover, MA 2016
       
     
CAROLINA WREN  Andover, MA 2017
       
     
DOWNY WOODPECKER  (male) Andover, MA 2017
       
     
WILD TURKEYS-(3 males and 2 females) Plum island MA. 2017
       
     
TUFTED TITMOUSE (with seed)   Andover, MA 2017
       
     
NORTHERN CARDINAL  Andover, MA 2017
       
     
NORTHERN CARDINAL ( female) Andover, MA 2017
       
     
AMERICAN GOLDFINCH   Andover, MA 2017
       
     
SONG SPARROW Andover, MA, early 2017
       
     
HOUSEFINCH (male)  Andover, MA 2017
       
     
AMERICAN BLUEJAY  Andover, MA 2017
       
     
HOUSEFINCH (male) Andover, MA 2017
       
     
 DARK-EYED JUNCO (male) 2017, Andover, MA
       
     
HOUSE FINCH (MALE) Andover, MA 2017
       
     
DOWNY WOODPECKER (male) 2017, Andover, MA
       
     
HOUSE FINCH(male) 2017, Andover MA
       
     
HOUSE FINCH (male)  2017 Andover, MA
       
     
GREAT GRAY OWL, 3-9-17, Newport, NH #1
       
     
GREAT GRAY OWL 3/9/17 Newport NH  #4
       
     
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GREAT GRAY OWL 3/9 17  Newport NH  #8
       
     
GREAT GRAY OWL  3/9/17  Newport, NH  #9
       
     
 COMMON GRACKLE 3/17, Andover, MA
       
     
White-Throated Sparrow, Andover, MA 5/17
       
     
Ruby-Throated Hummingbird (male) , 5/17
       
     
PURPLE FINCH (female) Andover, MA , 5/2017
       
     
ROSE-BREASTED GROSSBEAK (male), May 2017
       
     
MOURNING DOVE on a branch, Andover, MA 2018
       
     
CHIPPING SPARROW  Andover, MA April 2017
       
     
RUBY-THROATED Humming bird (Male) April 2017
       
     
BALTIMORE ORIOLE  Andover, MA   May 2017
       
     
GRAY CATBIRD , Andover MA May 2017
       
     
AMERICAN GOLDFINCH (male)  Andover, MA , April, 2017
       
     
COOPERS HAWK , Andover, MA April 2017
       
     
GREAT GRAY OWL Newport NH, 3/2017
       
     
NORTHERN CARDINAL- Female  2017, Andover, MA
       
     
AMERICAN - ANHINGA, Profile 12/17  Trinity FL
       
     
GREAT EGRET in FLIGHT 2017 Trinity FL
       
     
SNOWY EGRET wading  2017,  Trinity FL
       
     
AMERICAN ANHINGA  Trinity FL 2017
       
     
MUSCOVY DUCKS  Trinity FL, 2017
       
     
MUSCOVY DUCK Trinity FL 2017
       
     
SNOWY EGRET in flight..Trinity FL, 2017
       
     
WHIE IBIS, SNOWY EGRET and a TRI-COLOR HERON, Trinity FL, 2017
       
     
WHITE IBIS Flock at rest, Trinity FL, 2017
       
     
ROSEATE SPOONBILL Ready for Take-off, Trinity FL, 2017
       
     
TRIO of ROSEATE SPOONBILLS   Trinity FL, 2017
       
     
GREAT EGRET  at rest, Trinity FL 2017
       
     
PAIR of ROSEATE SPOONBILLS in Flight, Trinity FL, 2017
       
     
ROSEATE SPOONBILL Take-Off, Trinity FL, 2017
       
     
TRI-COLOR HERON  Trinity FL, 2017
       
     
LITTLE BLUE HERON, Trinity FL, 2017
       
     
SNOWY EGRET Standing Tall  Trinity FL, 2017
       
     
WHITE BREASTED SPARROW  in snow  2018, Andover, MA
       
     
ROSEATE SPOONBILL Flying Solo, Trinity FL 2017
       
     
AMERICAN ROBIN Getting Dinner  Andover, MA 2017
       
     
NORTHERN CARDINAL (male) 2018, in motion; Andover, MA
       
     
AMERICAN BLUE JAY  at rest; 2018, Andover, MA
       
     
Northern Cardinal (male) 2017. Andover, MA
       
     
Northern Cardinal (male) 2018. Andover, MA
       
     
Black-Capped Chickadee, Andover, MA 2018
       
     
SNOWY EGRET in FLIGHT, Trinity FL, 2017
       
     
ROSEATE SPOONBILL (landing) 2017, Trinity FL
       
     
TRICOLOR  HERON  (wading)  Trinity FL 2017
       
     
FLOCK OF WHITE IBIS  Trinity FL, 2017
       
     
ROSEATE SPOONBILL in FLIGHT, Trinity FL 2017
       
     
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HAIRY WOODPECKER (male) 2018, Andover, MA
       
     
TUFTED TITMOUSE in a SNOWSTORM, 2018, Andover, MA
       
     
TUFTED TITMOUSE in ice storm, Andover, MA 2018
       
     
HOUSEFINCH (male) after a snowstorm, 2018, Andover, MA
       
     
MUSCOVY  DUCKS, 2017, Trinity FL
       
     
HAIRY WOODPECKER AFTER A STORM  Andover, MA 2018
       
     
NORTHERN  CARDINAL (female), Andover, MA 2018
       
     
HOUSEFINCH (male) , Andover, MA 2018
       
     
Northern Cardinal (female) 2017. Andover, MA
       
     
AMERICAN ANHINGA - Detail, Trinity FL 12/17
       
     
AMERICAN ANHINGA - Detail, Trinity FL 12/17
GREAT GRAY OWL 3 9 17, Newport NH
       
     
GREAT GRAY OWL 3 9 17, Newport NH

Word had gotten out that this extremely rare GREAT GRAY OWL had been spotted in the small town of Newport NH, about 2 hours from home. A photographer friend of mine asked If I wanted to accompany him Newport, and I said "Let's go!!" This image here represents one of my FAVORITE photos taken on this trip this trip  I will NEVER forget the time we spent with this bird, as he flew from pine to pine and to the ground to pick up a vole or two for a meal.  You will find other images of this bird as you go through this gallery!!

White-Throated Sparrow -  Andover, MA
       
     
White-Throated Sparrow - Andover, MA
COOPERS HAWK 10/15  Andover MA (Another View)
       
     
COOPERS HAWK 10/15 Andover MA (Another View)

This Coopers Hawk came to visit me in Andover MA in October of 2015..This is one of the images I was able to capture!

Backyard Turkey (Walking on the roof of a shed)
       
     
Backyard Turkey (Walking on the roof of a shed)
TRI-COLOR HERON Trinity FL- December 2015
       
     
TRI-COLOR HERON Trinity FL- December 2015

This image is a personal favorite of mine from my trip to Florida w/e 12/26/15. I will soon be printing , matting and framing this piece, and of course it will be available for sale. Do you think it might look GREAT on a wall in YOUR home?

Housefinch on Ice
       
     
Housefinch on Ice
Cardinal in the Snow #4
       
     
Cardinal in the Snow #4
PORTRAIT of a LITTLE BLUE HERON  Trinity, FL, 2015
       
     
PORTRAIT of a LITTLE BLUE HERON Trinity, FL, 2015

This bird graciously posed for a "head and shoulders" profile portrait! Great detail in this image! 

Female Redwing Blackbird #2 , Andover, MA 5/15
       
     
Female Redwing Blackbird #2 , Andover, MA 5/15
Cardinal in the Snow #5 (painted effect)
       
     
Cardinal in the Snow #5 (painted effect)
Nuthatch Defying Gravity
       
     
Nuthatch Defying Gravity
Cardinal in the Snow #1
       
     
Cardinal in the Snow #1
Hummingbird #2 (painted effect)
       
     
Hummingbird #2 (painted effect)
Northern Cardinal (male), Andover, MA 2017
       
     
Northern Cardinal (male), Andover, MA 2017

Gorgeous example of this male Northern Cardinal..One of my personal favorites!!

Goldfinch Landing
       
     
Goldfinch Landing
RUBY-THROAT HUMMINGBIRD (Male) Andover, MA 2015
       
     
RUBY-THROAT HUMMINGBIRD (Male) Andover, MA 2015

This image was for me was  a "GREAT MOMENT" capture, as this was the first one this season whereas I was able to catch the full lumenence of this male's ruby-red "gorget"  which he shows off during the mating season. It's interesting to note, that this bright irridescent red "collar" is only seen when the light is shining on this bird at certain angles.  I must have had a good angle for this shot!

Red-Bellied Woodpecker #1
       
     
Red-Bellied Woodpecker #1
Nuthatch
       
     
Nuthatch
Finch on Thistle
       
     
Finch on Thistle
House Finch in the Snow #2 (painted effect)
       
     
House Finch in the Snow #2 (painted effect)
TRI-COLOR HERON standing by the water's edge, Trinity FL, 2015
       
     
TRI-COLOR HERON standing by the water's edge, Trinity FL, 2015

These Tri-Colored  herons are just plain beautiful to watch, and a fun catch for a photographer!

Ruby-Throated Hummingbird 8/15, Andover, MA
       
     
Ruby-Throated Hummingbird 8/15, Andover, MA

This beauty caught the "light" just right, and is displaying himself as "be-decked with jewelry"!

Housefinch in the Snow #3
       
     
Housefinch in the Snow #3
Finch #2 on Rose Thornbush
       
     
Finch #2 on Rose Thornbush
GREAT GRAY OWL  3/9/17  Newport NH  #5
       
     
GREAT GRAY OWL 3/9/17 Newport NH #5

Please see write up on the Great Gray Owl  #1 elsewhere in this album

GREAT GRAY OWL  3-17, Newport, NH
       
     
GREAT GRAY OWL 3-17, Newport, NH
Red-Bellied Woodpecker #2
       
     
Red-Bellied Woodpecker #2
Common Grackle, Andover MA in Monochrome Black and White 2015
       
     
Common Grackle, Andover MA in Monochrome Black and White 2015

On this photo, I decided that I wanted to have a Black and White monochrome image of one of these  very common, but strangely beautiful birds. I printed this image out on a glossy metallic paper, and you need to see it first hand to experience what happens to it once it is printed that way as the final product.. In words, I can only say it "sparkles and glows", but not in a garish way. I'll finish it off  with an ivory mat, and a gloss black frame.

Male House Finch After a Rain Andover, MA
       
     
Male House Finch After a Rain Andover, MA
Redwing Blackbird #2-Andover MA 4/15
       
     
Redwing Blackbird #2-Andover MA 4/15
Cardinal #8 in the snow
       
     
Cardinal #8 in the snow
American Goldfinch Andover, MA 4/15
       
     
American Goldfinch Andover, MA 4/15
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Young Male Cardinal
       
     
Young Male Cardinal
Common Grackle in Snow #2
       
     
Common Grackle in Snow #2
Male Downy Woodpecker #2 Andover, MA
       
     
Male Downy Woodpecker #2 Andover, MA
Housefinch in Spring Colors
       
     
Housefinch in Spring Colors
Purple Finch Female - Andover, MA 4/15
       
     
Purple Finch Female - Andover, MA 4/15
Redwing Blackbird #3-Andover MA, 5/15
       
     
Redwing Blackbird #3-Andover MA, 5/15
Female Ruby-Throated Hummingbird in FLIGHT 8/15
       
     
Female Ruby-Throated Hummingbird in FLIGHT 8/15

This image of this beautiful female was captured by me on 8/23/15 In Andover MA, utilizing 2 electronic flash units with settings set by the camera to stop the action of this birds wings, which will actually flutter at 50-200 times per second. As they are flying or hovering, all the human eye can see is a "blur"of these little wings..They migrate over paths that may exceed 2000 miles each way , from Central America in the Spring, to breed in the more temperate Eastern USA, from Northern Florida  to Maine, and begin their migration back South from Mid September  into the beginning of October to get back to warmer climes for the winter season. they are the worlds smallest birds, but can hover, fly backwards,   and with forward speeds of up to 30mph!  Living in the Northeast, I'm sad when their migration begins in the fall, and look forward to their return in the Spring!

Rose-Breasted Grossbeak (male) Andover, MA 6/15
       
     
Rose-Breasted Grossbeak (male) Andover, MA 6/15

This year I've been blessed with more of these gorgeous visitors than I've ever seen..Not an "every spring-summer day occurrence", but at least once or twice a week. Elswhere in this bird section, I have at least one image of a "female" member of this species, which looks NOTHING like it's male counterpart!

Carolina Wren -March 2015, Andover, MA
       
     
Carolina Wren -March 2015, Andover, MA
House Sparrow - Andover, MA 4/15
       
     
House Sparrow - Andover, MA 4/15
Male Cardinal in March Snow-Andover, MA
       
     
Male Cardinal in March Snow-Andover, MA
European Starling (wearing "Winter" dress) in Andover, MA 5/15
       
     
European Starling (wearing "Winter" dress) in Andover, MA 5/15
Ruby-Throated Hummingbird ( male) 8/15 Andover, MA
       
     
Ruby-Throated Hummingbird ( male) 8/15 Andover, MA

I personally love this image of this "tiny" hummingbird captured at dusk on August 13, 2015, about 6:45 PM.  He was actually about 8 ft away from my camera position when I photographed him..After I would take his picture, he would fly onto a small branch about 4 feet to the right of me, and re-group himself for his next feeding session!  He stared "curiously at me at me each time he was on that SAME small branch..I think we "bonded" while this was happening!

Ruby-Throat Hummingbird (female) Andover, MA 2012
       
     
Ruby-Throat Hummingbird (female) Andover, MA 2012

YUP..These little birds burn-off a lot of calories, and like all of us  need to "rest" every once-in-a-while. Pictured here is a female Ruby-Throat hummingbird from 2012 "PERCHED" on my backyard butterfly bush, taking a "breather". This photo was taken hand held in available light with my Nikon D7000 and a Tamron 70-300mm VC zoom attached.

LITTLE BLUE HERON WALKING the shoreline - Trinity FL,  2015
       
     
LITTLE BLUE HERON WALKING the shoreline - Trinity FL, 2015

Here's a LITTLE BLUE HERON out "strutting it's stuff"!  Trinity Florida, 2015

Rose Breasted Grossbeak-male Andover MA 6-15
       
     
Rose Breasted Grossbeak-male Andover MA 6-15
BLUE JAY 6-2015 Andover, MA
       
     
BLUE JAY 6-2015 Andover, MA
American Goldfinch (male) Andover, MA June 2015
       
     
American Goldfinch (male) Andover, MA June 2015

Beautiful birds these Goldfinches..In their brightest breeding colors in late Spring through most of the Summer..Otherwise, those seasons wouldn't exist for me!

TUFTED TITMOUSE Andover MA 7-15
       
     
TUFTED TITMOUSE Andover MA 7-15

This common but comical and cute year-round visitor  always makes me "chuckle".. Often the first one to land on my feeders on any given day. May also bring along his cousins the "Black-Capped Chickadees"  for a foraging visit..All fun to watch!

RUBY-THROATED HUMMINGBIRD  (MALE) 8/15, Andover, MA
       
     
RUBY-THROATED HUMMINGBIRD (MALE) 8/15, Andover, MA

I'm beginning to add to my hummingbird collection this year utilizing some new techniques I've learned. This I feel is a great representation of this beautifully colored bird. Personally  I think it would look GREAT in a proper 16x20 frame with the right matting. I love these little "guys"!

HUMMINGBIRD reaching for the SKY  Andover, MA  2015
       
     
HUMMINGBIRD reaching for the SKY Andover, MA 2015

By September 9th 2015, I stillhad plenty of hummingbirds  visiting my yard. This female Ruby-Throat appears to be going from "earth to the moon" in this 3/4 frontal in-flight shot.. This is the first non/profile image I was able to capture in quite a while..As I'm writing this, it is 9/23, and I have not had an new sightings of these birds in about 10 days. I'm presuming  they have all gone south for the season to hang out in warmer climes. I miss them already...

House Wren August 11, 2015 Andover, MA
       
     
House Wren August 11, 2015 Andover, MA

One of my common but somewhat infrequent visitors is the House Wren.. Very cute with their "bobbed-up" tails and their soft brown coloration. This one stopped by on 8/11, and I photographed him with a Nikon D7000 with a 400mm f5.6 Tokina attached. Image captured hand-held.

Ruby-Throat Hummingbird August 17, 2015  Andover, MA
       
     
Ruby-Throat Hummingbird August 17, 2015 Andover, MA

We were  in the middle of  a 90 degree plus heatwave Here in Andover on this date, but I wanted to try a daylight photograph with fill-flash as this guy is getting ready to go licking  a plume on my butterfly bush at around 12:00 noon, I personally love the colors in this image

Carolina Wren - Andover, MA 2015
       
     
Carolina Wren - Andover, MA 2015

Late one afternoon in early November 2015, I had a visit from this cute little guy, a Carolina Wren..Very similar to a "House Wren", but slightly larger with different markings, and with a "buff" colored belly.  VERY CUTE!!

COMMON GRACKLE in FULL COLOR, Andover MA 2015
       
     
COMMON GRACKLE in FULL COLOR, Andover MA 2015

Here's a  FULL COLOR version of the Black and White monochrome Grackle posted elsewhere in this gallery. This image shows off the multi-colored iridescence of this BEAUTIFUL, but often "maligned" bird, rightfully accused of "disturbing the peace"..I guess they are doing what they do best, which is....well .....just  "grackles being grackles"!

LITTLE BLUE HERON  Trinity FL, 2015
       
     
LITTLE BLUE HERON Trinity FL, 2015

This guy's just "resting..but I think he sees me!

Downy Woodpecker(Male) Andover, MA 2015
       
     
Downy Woodpecker(Male) Andover, MA 2015

 Late in the day on one early November afternoon in 2015, I was visited by this common, but very cute, Male Downy Woodpecker..A somewhat frequent visitor , as long as I put out suet nearby!

COOPERS HAWK Andover, MA  October 2015
       
     
COOPERS HAWK Andover, MA October 2015

 

My image of this gorgeous COOPERS Hawk was captured through my kitchen window on the morning of 10/15/15..A real double take as I had just woken up..I went to grab my camera and longish telephoto  to get this guy on a "memory card"..I returned to this window, and YUP, He was still there  and I followed him as he moved around to various spots , probably looking for a "meal", and I did end up with a few "keepers..This was my pick as the best of the series.

WHITE-THROATED SPARROW Andover.  MA 2015
       
     
WHITE-THROATED SPARROW Andover. MA 2015

My absolute favorite "Sparrow"!  Predominantly a ground feeder, often found foraging in the under- brush/leaves near bushes  in the company of  the Northern  or Dark-Eyed Junco.  Seldom found in trees or on feeders. They can be quickly identified by the white patch on their throats, and the bright "golden" patch on the front tip of their brows.

MOTTLED DUCKS, Trinity FL 2015
       
     
MOTTLED DUCKS, Trinity FL 2015

Here we have Mrs and Mr Mottled Ducks ..This is a mated pair, with the female on the left, and the larger male with a yellow beak on the right. What a LOVELY COUPLE they make! Image captured in December 2015. The great  detail  in the picture of this pair will make an excellent framed piece for your wall!

JUVINILE WOOD STORK Foraging in the shallows  Trinity FL, 2015
       
     
JUVINILE WOOD STORK Foraging in the shallows Trinity FL, 2015

Here's a Juvenile Wood Stork out searching for food. The young ones have an orangish beak, whereas the adults have a darkish or dark brown beak,  Their beaks are used to forage  by sticking them deep into the water along the shoreline, and moving it around until they feel something "moving", which they assume is going to be their "lunch"..They then proceed to eat whatever it was! Surely not the prettiest birds around, but interesting to watch along the shore, and in the air!

AMERICAN ROBIN -Andover, MA 2016
       
     
AMERICAN ROBIN -Andover, MA 2016

Here it is 3/5/16, and  this American Robin must have been looking at his calendar and decided it was time to do the "Spring
worm-harvest".  Here he is surveying my grounds for  his next meal, and will continue to do so from now through the Fall Season.

RUBYTHROAT Hummingbird, LATE August 2016, Andover, MA
       
     
RUBYTHROAT Hummingbird, LATE August 2016, Andover, MA

A constant search goes on for more nectar..These tiniest of birs consume half their weight each day in nutrition for nectar, and insects for protein. they are extremely FAAAAST, and travel to New England from places like Mexico, and Central America.

RED-BELLIED WOODPECKER, Female, 2016, Andover, MA
       
     
RED-BELLIED WOODPECKER, Female, 2016, Andover, MA

I get at least 2 or 3 of these visitors each year, and today, January 30th 2016,  I was actually ready with my camera for this event. Just made  a beautiful 12x18" (larger than LIFE!) print of this gorgeous bird, and will be shortly mounting, matting and framing it for sale.

MALE HOUSE FINCH - January 2016, Andover, MA
       
     
MALE HOUSE FINCH - January 2016, Andover, MA

Late in January of 2016, I had a hunger for some color in my photos, and just as I was pondering that, a very cute reddish Male House Finch made an appearance here in Andover  MA to help satisfy my "color hunger"!

RUBYTHROAT HUMMINGBIRD "pursuing a meal" 2016,-Andover, MA
       
     
RUBYTHROAT HUMMINGBIRD "pursuing a meal" 2016,-Andover, MA

I uncovered this image in my Hard-drive in September of 2016, which had actually been captured in mid August, but had for whatever reason been overlooked by yours truly..I do make it a habit to go back over my files, and really lucked out in finding this "GEM" Hummingbird photo!. As I enter this image into my gallery, I deem this image as my best effort of the season, as the RubyThroat hummingbirds have mostly left on their migration back to their tropical winter climes..Needless to say, I'll miss them as they are certainly one of my favorite birds to photograph!

NORTHERN MOCKINGBIRD, January 2016, Andover, MA
       
     
NORTHERN MOCKINGBIRD, January 2016, Andover, MA

One bird that had been notably absent from my portfolio is a Northern Mocking bird..Usually known more for the SOUNDS it makes rather than having "any" gorgeous plumage..  If they stick around until Spring,, I just can't wait to hear  exactly what they have to "SAY!"

COMMON GRACKLE Andover, MA 2016
       
     
COMMON GRACKLE Andover, MA 2016

These stunning (and sometimes noisy!) colored birds are either "loved or loathed" by most..BUT NO ONE can deny the beauty of form and color that Mother Nature has bestowed upon them!  This one posed for me in my back yard in early March of 2016, and the image has been framed and is available for sale!

DARK-EYED JUNCO (Female) Andover, MA 2016
       
     
DARK-EYED JUNCO (Female) Andover, MA 2016

One thing for sure, Juncos have been "plentiful" this year!..This image from my yard on the morning following a snowstorm early in 2016. FYI, the females tend to have a light brownish coloration, whereas the topsides of the males are usually a dark gray sometimes going to near black

NORTHERN CARDINAL  (male), 2016, Andover MA
       
     
NORTHERN CARDINAL (male), 2016, Andover MA

Although I have not seen as many of these true beauties as in years past, it's truly exciting for me to capture them in camera  "whenever" they're around. This one truly had some luscious reds working for him!

RUBYTHROAT HUMMINGBIRD #2, Late AUGUST 2016, Andover, MA
       
     
RUBYTHROAT HUMMINGBIRD #2, Late AUGUST 2016, Andover, MA

Here's yet another one hovering atop my Butterfly bush garnishing some nectar..I'll tell you..If you haven't figured out, these birds easily become an addictive subject fora nature photographer!

RED-WINGED BLACKBIRD ( male) on a a branch, Andover MA 2016
       
     
RED-WINGED BLACKBIRD ( male) on a a branch, Andover MA 2016

Caught this guy just "hanging out" near my suet feeder around March 15 2016.. One of my absolute favorite birds to observe and photograph!

 RED-WINGED BLACKBIRD (male)"suet faced", Andover, MA 2016
       
     
RED-WINGED BLACKBIRD (male)"suet faced", Andover, MA 2016

Here's a shot of a gorgeous and aggressive Red-Winged Blackbird taken immediately after a large feed of suet on an adjacent branch. Absolutely beautiful birds! Love their colors!Image captured in March of 2016.

NORTHERN CARDINAL (Male) Andover, MA, April 2016
       
     
NORTHERN CARDINAL (Male) Andover, MA, April 2016

I captured this image thinking, I would not see another  male Cardinal in the Snow in 2016..This image here is a testament to how wrong I was as we had this "sneak" snowstorm in Early April 2016,  and the resulting Cardinal image you see here!

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AMERICAN ROBIN "perched", 2016, Andover, MA
       
     
AMERICAN ROBIN "perched", 2016, Andover, MA

This very "common" visitor, is seen here "perched" on a withering tree branch. I think most of us find them on the ground most of the time, "listening" for a meal by feeling incredibly small movement vibrationsbeneath the soil. I think this one wanted to "pose" for me!

NORTHERN CARDINAL (Young Male) Andover, MA 2016
       
     
NORTHERN CARDINAL (Young Male) Andover, MA 2016

Caught this colorful image of a young male enjoying the warm afternoon sunshine in Andover, MA, on April 1st, 2016

REDWING BLACKBIRD (male), April 2016, Andover, MA
       
     
REDWING BLACKBIRD (male), April 2016, Andover, MA

The non-official beginning of Spring for most of us here in the Northeast is April 1st, which could not be possible at all without "visitations" by these beautiful Redwing Blackbirds!

Female Rubythroat Hummingbird- Early August  2016. Andover, MA
       
     
Female Rubythroat Hummingbird- Early August 2016. Andover, MA

Needless to say, I love these tiny birds, and have much fun capturing them in camera.. This one turned towards me on the second time I   clicked the shutter, remotely firing the two electronic flashes I used to illuminate this little beauty.

REDWING BLACKBIRD (Female), May 2016, Andover, MA
       
     
REDWING BLACKBIRD (Female), May 2016, Andover, MA

The female "REDWING doesn't get much "KUDOS" in the glossy looks department  as compared to its "slik"  black, red, yellow and white male counterpart, but she sure makes up for it in the "details department"! ..The female remained in my yard, as the male who flew in with her got "spooked" by my  presence, and allowed me to photograph this beautifully detailed female amidst the early budding leaves of my Lilac tree in the very beginning of May , 2016.

BALTIMORE ORIOLE   May 2016, Andover, MA
       
     
BALTIMORE ORIOLE May 2016, Andover, MA

I had a few "surprise" visits from birds I had never previously seen  on my property .This gorgeous Baltimore Oriole stopped by in mid May of 2016, and I was absolutely taken back by the beauty of this new and very welcome visitor.  Also noticethe background of early lilacs that framed the arrival of this rare treat of a bird!

GRAY CATBIRD  Spring 2016, Andover, MA
       
     
GRAY CATBIRD Spring 2016, Andover, MA

This is a very interesting if not gorgeously colored songbird that is kind of a "mocker", repeating sounds that other birds make, similar to a Mockingbird to which it bears no  physical resemblance..They like grapes, grape jam and orange slices, similar to  what is the preferred fodder of a Baltimore Oriole!

RUBY-THROAT HUMMINGBIRD  2016, Andover, MA
       
     
RUBY-THROAT HUMMINGBIRD 2016, Andover, MA

I was able to catch this Gorgeous Hummingbird  going through arial exercises for the "Petite Bird Olympics". These birds are absolutely amazing, and I can't get enough of them!

BLACKCAPPED CHICKADEE, JUNE 2016, Andover, MA
       
     
BLACKCAPPED CHICKADEE, JUNE 2016, Andover, MA

This little Male Chickadee was in the process of building a nest for his betrothed, and the progeny to follow...a balst to watch..All eggs hatched and they fledged  so quickly, I couldn't tell the fledglings from the adults as they left the nest! so I didn't get to hand out any cigars that day!

FEMALE RedWinged Blackbird -Spring, 2016
       
     
FEMALE RedWinged Blackbird -Spring, 2016

 Here's a head-on shot of a female Redwinged Blackbird..Did I hear you say "HUH??"..This looks like a big sparrow of sorts..Well it is a female RedWing, and looks NOTHING like it's sleek male counterpart, but has a beauty all of her own.. Image taken in Andover,MA .

GREAT GRAY OWL 3/9/17  Newport NH  #3
       
     
GREAT GRAY OWL 3/9/17 Newport NH #3

Please view write-up on this image on "Great Gray Owl #1"

Female RubyThroat Hummingbird, Early August 2016
       
     
Female RubyThroat Hummingbird, Early August 2016

" I hover for NECTAR TREATS!" Image capture in Andover, MA.

HAIRY WOODPECKER (male) Andover, MA 2016
       
     
HAIRY WOODPECKER (male) Andover, MA 2016

Not to be confused with it's smaller cousin , the "DOWNY Woodpecker", this guy is about a third larger, and has a much longer and pointier beak. Very nice show of colors on this male in good lighting

BLUEJAY 2016, Andover MA
       
     
BLUEJAY 2016, Andover MA

Not sure if this is a young male, or an adult female, but a gorgeous bird it was to photograph!

WHITE-BREASTED NUTHATCH, Andover, MA 2016
       
     
WHITE-BREASTED NUTHATCH, Andover, MA 2016

These beautiful, FAAAAST, energetic and acrobatic  Nuthatches traverse many back yard landscapes in the Northeast. This one stopped by for a a bite or two at one of my feeders during a COLD November morning, situating himself in this awesome composition for me to photograph.. Sometimes we photographers do get lucky!

RUBYTHROAT Hummingbird-Female Mid August 2016
       
     
RUBYTHROAT Hummingbird-Female Mid August 2016

Here she is, "Going for the NECTAR" on my Butterfly Bush Absolutely a blast to study and photograph!

Male NORTHERN CARDINAL, Andover, MA 11/24/16
       
     
Male NORTHERN CARDINAL, Andover, MA 11/24/16

Thanksgiving day 2016 was a rather "GLOOMY" one here in the Northeast, however, I did a little photography, and came up with some not-so-gloomy images..Case in point is this absolutely gorgeous Northern Male Cardinal, a bird I just NEVER get tired of capturing in-camera!

RED-BELLIED WOODPECKER 12/16 Andover, MA
       
     
RED-BELLIED WOODPECKER 12/16 Andover, MA

IMHO, One of the most Beautiful birds we get to see and observe here in the Northeastern USA

DARK-EYED JUNCO   2016,  Andover, MA
       
     
DARK-EYED JUNCO 2016, Andover, MA

 A very common "WINTER "season" bird here in the Northeast, closely related to the sparrow family. This particular bird was close enough to me so as to give me the ability to show-off some his tiniest details..Please note the ring around his eye for a good example of this!

RED-BELLIED WOODPECKER in the SNOW 2016, Andover, MA
       
     
RED-BELLIED WOODPECKER in the SNOW 2016, Andover, MA

Beautiful birds, these Red-Bellied Woodpeckers..Fairly common in the Northeast, I never get tired of photographing them!

HAIRY WOODPECKER (male)  2016  Andover, MA
       
     
HAIRY WOODPECKER (male) 2016 Andover, MA

I think this to be one of my best photographs of this particular species of woodpecker.. Love the detail in this image, along with his strong color contrasts!

WHIT-BREASTED NUTHATCH 12/16 Andover MA
       
     
WHIT-BREASTED NUTHATCH 12/16 Andover MA

These very energetic and acrobatic birds defy the laws of gravity!..If you look closely, You'll see a beautiful pair of eyelashes as well!!

NORTHERN CARDINAL (female)  12/16  Andover, MA
       
     
NORTHERN CARDINAL (female) 12/16 Andover, MA

The "female" Northern Cardinal does not get the attention it deserves!..I'm hoping to rectify that situation by posting this "beauty" here on my website!

BLUE JAY  2016  Andover, MA
       
     
BLUE JAY 2016 Andover, MA

On the LAST day of 2016, I captured this image of a Blue Jay who thought he was hiding from me!..Loud, brash, and yes indeed,  a BEAUTIFUL bird!

AMERICAN GOLDFINCH (male-winter color) 2017  Andover, MA
       
     
AMERICAN GOLDFINCH (male-winter color) 2017 Andover, MA

I caught this image of this little American male Goldfinch during a January snowstorm here in the Northeast.. It appears he cannot wait to get into his bold golden yellow Spring colors!

BLACK-CAPPED CHICKADEE  2017 Andover, MA
       
     
BLACK-CAPPED CHICKADEE 2017 Andover, MA

I think as an example of the "OFFICIAL" State bird of Massachusetts, this Black-Capped Chickadee is one of my favorites of this species..They don't come much cuter !!!

TUFTED TITMOUSE  2017  Andover, MA
       
     
TUFTED TITMOUSE 2017 Andover, MA

This 1st cousin tho the Black-Capped Chickadee,  The Tufted Titmouse, is also a swift, acrobatic, and stunningly cute little bird..This one appears to be in a "7th inning stretch", but that can't be, because the baseball season is OVER! (Check out the PERFECT eyelashes on this example..Especially the upper lid!)

NORTHERN CARDINAL  2017  Andover, MA
       
     
NORTHERN CARDINAL 2017 Andover, MA

This pretty and very colorful male Northern Cardinal, sits on a branch..Just "chilling out" (HA!) after a snowstorm!

WHITE-BREASTED NUTHATCH  2017  Andover, MA
       
     
WHITE-BREASTED NUTHATCH 2017 Andover, MA

This beautiful White Breasted Nuthatch stopped in front of me to have a bit of breakfast..Notice the size of the seed he must crack-open!

RUBYTHROAT HUMMINGBIRD (immature male ) 2016  Andover, MA
       
     
RUBYTHROAT HUMMINGBIRD (immature male ) 2016 Andover, MA

Hummingbirds are a "passion" with me..These Smart and FAST tiniest of birds are truly a "labor of love". This immature Male will have his ruby "gorget" once he matures. This image here is one of my favorites of this species. Unfortunately, the only variety we have on the entire East coast is the "Rubythroat"..The west Coast has more variety..One of these days I'm going to Central America where there are many and varied examples of these birds! Costa Rica, for example probably has the most variants  in the world!

DARK-EYED JUNCO (male) Andover, MA 2017
       
     
DARK-EYED JUNCO (male) Andover, MA 2017

This solitary Junco landed on top of some shrubs while in search for food during a wild snowstorm. I was able to extract much detail onto this image of this common, but singularly Beautiful Bird!

AMERICAN GOLDFINCH (male) Andover, MA , Winter 2017
       
     
AMERICAN GOLDFINCH (male) Andover, MA , Winter 2017

This cute little boy is beginning to transition his colors int a beautiful Golden Yellow feathered coat for the upcoming mating season in the Spring. Photo taken the day after a fairly heavy snow.

NORTHERN CARDINAL (male) Andover, MA 2017
       
     
NORTHERN CARDINAL (male) Andover, MA 2017

This beauty seems to have become a regular in my backyard, and has commandeered this little "cubby" in the bushes as his "secret safe-space", especially during extreme weather such as a snowstorm. Probaly the most Vibrantly colored bird we have here in the Northeast!

RED-BELLIED WOODPECKER (male) Andover, MA 2017
       
     
RED-BELLIED WOODPECKER (male) Andover, MA 2017

Beautiful male Red-Bellied woodpecker foraging on a tree in the early winter of 2017

AMERCAN NORTHERN BLUEJAY Andover, MA 2016
       
     
AMERCAN NORTHERN BLUEJAY Andover, MA 2016

This beauty of a bird was photographed on New Years Eve, 2016, and thus is the last photo taken during 2016, and a "worthy one" I might add!!

CAROLINA WREN  Andover, MA 2017
       
     
CAROLINA WREN Andover, MA 2017

This little "gem" of a bird is an infrequent visitor to my location here in the Northeast, But I do seem to get 5 or 6 visits during the winter season..This one showed up after a bit of a snow shower..

DOWNY WOODPECKER  (male) Andover, MA 2017
       
     
DOWNY WOODPECKER (male) Andover, MA 2017

A beautiful male Downy woodpecker showing us his "profile" on a dead tree branch.Very clever and industrious little birds who will store seeds for later consumption in the fine cracks of weathered wood!

WILD TURKEYS-(3 males and 2 females) Plum island MA. 2017
       
     
WILD TURKEYS-(3 males and 2 females) Plum island MA. 2017

 After driving away following my capture of this photo, I'm wondered if given the odds of males to females, I wouldn't have been surprised if there was a "altercation" of sorts??

TUFTED TITMOUSE (with seed)   Andover, MA 2017
       
     
TUFTED TITMOUSE (with seed) Andover, MA 2017

I caught this cute little Tufted Titmouse just following his acquisition of hulled sunflower seed.  This picture is among my personal favorites!

NORTHERN CARDINAL  Andover, MA 2017
       
     
NORTHERN CARDINAL Andover, MA 2017

I was fortunate enough to capture this female Cardinal in beautiful surroundings on a branch after a snowstorm in late January of 2017. Another of my personal favorite images!

NORTHERN CARDINAL ( female) Andover, MA 2017
       
     
NORTHERN CARDINAL ( female) Andover, MA 2017

I have here a close-up of a female northern Cardinal getting ready for lunch with a seed in her mouth.  I really believe she stopped to pose for me!

AMERICAN GOLDFINCH   Andover, MA 2017
       
     
AMERICAN GOLDFINCH Andover, MA 2017

These lovely male Americn Goldfinches seem to be acquiring their golden yellow "mating" tones very early this season of 2017, as this image was captured on  January 31st !!

SONG SPARROW Andover, MA, early 2017
       
     
SONG SPARROW Andover, MA, early 2017

Sparrows are many and varied little birds, and it's often quite difficult to tell them apart..Some have features that help make a positive ID..This Song Sparrow has exaggerated breast striping along with a black "tie-tack" in the middle. This picture was taken Early February of 2017, and was the first of its kind that I had seen all season.

HOUSEFINCH (male)  Andover, MA 2017
       
     
HOUSEFINCH (male) Andover, MA 2017

Following a snowstorm here in the Northeast, this male House Finch emerged from the snow-cover in search of a meal..At the same time, he's was showing very strong early vestiges of his reddish Spring mating colors, which usually do not reach full strength until April or May. The females, by the way, are much plainer looking, and are tan all year with  brown vertical striping on their breasts.

AMERICAN BLUEJAY  Andover, MA 2017
       
     
AMERICAN BLUEJAY Andover, MA 2017

I was lucky enough to capture this Image of a Blue Jay following the largest snowstorm to date at that time. Beautiful and Raucous birds they are! Looking stunning with a white, wintry background!

HOUSEFINCH (male) Andover, MA 2017
       
     
HOUSEFINCH (male) Andover, MA 2017

Immediately following one of our series of snowstorms in 2017, I was able to grab a shot of this pretty "male" house-Finch on a branch searching for his next meal!

 DARK-EYED JUNCO (male) 2017, Andover, MA
       
     
DARK-EYED JUNCO (male) 2017, Andover, MA

A male DARK-EYED JUNCO makes a snowy-landing In Andover MA in mid-February 2017

HOUSE FINCH (MALE) Andover, MA 2017
       
     
HOUSE FINCH (MALE) Andover, MA 2017

This darling little male HOUSE-FINCH made his presence known in the form of an "ANGEL OF SPRING" during a  seasonably warm day in mid Feruary, 2017 (no one told him he was at least a month or two early!)

DOWNY WOODPECKER (male) 2017, Andover, MA
       
     
DOWNY WOODPECKER (male) 2017, Andover, MA

Another one of these small male Downy's came to search for suet late in the afternoon light and gave me this classic pose!

HOUSE FINCH(male) 2017, Andover MA
       
     
HOUSE FINCH(male) 2017, Andover MA

This male HOUSE FINCH showed up on another warm day in February , 2017, getting into his beautiful SPRING mating colors. impatiently awaiting SPRING, and of course a MATE to share the season with.

HOUSE FINCH (male)  2017 Andover, MA
       
     
HOUSE FINCH (male) 2017 Andover, MA

Here's yet another view of this pretty male HOUSE FINCH somewhat pre-maturely dressed in his spring mating colors in mid-February 2017, and no mate in sight. But this three -quarter fronatl view definitely shows off his awesome colors!

GREAT GRAY OWL, 3-9-17, Newport, NH #1
       
     
GREAT GRAY OWL, 3-9-17, Newport, NH #1

A good photographer friend of mine received a tip of the presence of this EXTREMELY Rare GREAT GRAY OWL in the Eastern part of the USA  and which is more likely to be found  In the Boreal forests of North America and Canada, and which also happens to be in fact the LARGEST OWLto be found in North America.This bird was presumably about a 2 hour ride for us North and East to a small town in the beautiful State of New Hampshire known as "Newport". We arrived at the location and asked bout any sightings of this bird, and as it goes in small towns,of course, they ALL gave us his where-abouts:.."Over there..In the field" they said, and continued with: "You gotta go down that muddy/snow./ ice covered road about  a quarter of a mile, and then take a right through the break in the fence on the road, and you'll see him there in the field!..It's now about 2:00 PM, and we've arrived in the field, and noticed approximately a dozen or so photographers and birders with cameras and binoculars and spotting scopes aimed at the pine trees that lined the road to our left..After doing some serious eye squinting, and trying to decipher a "bird-form" with GREAT camouflage in those trees, we FINALLY made eye-contact with this stunning piece of work by Mother Nature! We stayed there photographing this bird, resting in the trees, and as he flew from tree to the ground to feed on a mouse or a vole, and back to another tree..Needless to say we ended up with some magnificent photographs and had the experience of a lifetime. I am adding other photos of this bird to this albu, and will refer to these pictures by the # in the title

GREAT GRAY OWL 3/9/17 Newport NH  #4
       
     
GREAT GRAY OWL 3/9/17 Newport NH #4

 Please view write-up on the Great Gray Owl #1 elsewhere in this album.

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GREAT GRAY OWL 3/9 17  Newport NH  #8
       
     
GREAT GRAY OWL 3/9 17 Newport NH #8

Please see description on the GREAT GRAY OWL on image #1

GREAT GRAY OWL  3/9/17  Newport, NH  #9
       
     
GREAT GRAY OWL 3/9/17 Newport, NH #9

 Please see description of this awesome owl on the image of "Great Gray Owl" #1.

 COMMON GRACKLE 3/17, Andover, MA
       
     
COMMON GRACKLE 3/17, Andover, MA

I had a visit from one of these stunningly and iridescently colored Common Grackles this Month in my "YAHD" here in Andover MA.. They can be very NOISY and chase some other small birds away (Very temporarily!), but I love to view their shimmering colors in varying light..It seems that they often travel in the company of Red Winged Blackbirds.

White-Throated Sparrow, Andover, MA 5/17
       
     
White-Throated Sparrow, Andover, MA 5/17

My favorite Sparrow!.. A must capture for me when they are around!

Ruby-Throated Hummingbird (male) , 5/17
       
     
Ruby-Throated Hummingbird (male) , 5/17

My first hummingbird camera capture for 2017.. A beautiful male, perched and showing-off his "Ruby-Colored" neck feathering .The only kind of Hummingbird found in the Eastern parts of the USA

PURPLE FINCH (female) Andover, MA , 5/2017
       
     
PURPLE FINCH (female) Andover, MA , 5/2017

Very similar in appearance to a female Housefinch, but with more detailed markings

ROSE-BREASTED GROSSBEAK (male), May 2017
       
     
ROSE-BREASTED GROSSBEAK (male), May 2017

I see these Gorgeous birds but once/year, in the Spring and they do not stay here long..The female has an entirely different appearance, looking more like a large sparrow  with lots of camouflage markings.

MOURNING DOVE on a branch, Andover, MA 2018
       
     
MOURNING DOVE on a branch, Andover, MA 2018
CHIPPING SPARROW  Andover, MA April 2017
       
     
CHIPPING SPARROW Andover, MA April 2017

This beautiful little Sparrow has lots of detail to show-off. A characteristic marking on this Sparrow is the "rufous" colored cap on top of it's head.

RUBY-THROATED Humming bird (Male) April 2017
       
     
RUBY-THROATED Humming bird (Male) April 2017

This tiny male Eastern USA ONLY Ruby-Throated hummingbird id perched, and NOT showing his "Ruby-Colored" neck feathers, as they are only "lit-up" as red when the angle of light hits it a certain way..Other wise it shows up as "black", such as in this particular example..

BALTIMORE ORIOLE  Andover, MA   May 2017
       
     
BALTIMORE ORIOLE Andover, MA May 2017

This BEATIFULLY and brightly colored bird shows up here in New England around April or May of each year.. They hang around longer if you put out some orange slices, and some grape jelly!

GRAY CATBIRD , Andover MA May 2017
       
     
GRAY CATBIRD , Andover MA May 2017

This somewhat plain Gray bird surfaces here in the Northeast USA around the same time you may see some Baltimore orioles. These birds love grape jelly and Suet, and are fun to watch!

 

AMERICAN GOLDFINCH (male)  Andover, MA , April, 2017
       
     
AMERICAN GOLDFINCH (male) Andover, MA , April, 2017

Spring in the Northeast wouldn't be Spring without the presence of these gorgeous bright yellow Finches., in full mating attire. To me, they signal the launch of the Spring Season!!

COOPERS HAWK , Andover, MA April 2017
       
     
COOPERS HAWK , Andover, MA April 2017

This  Beautiful raptor did a "fly-by" over my bird feeders, but came up "empty" on this particular day. The picture you see here is when he stopped on my fence to look back at the feeders, and try to figure out why he was unsuccessful at grabbing a "snack"!

GREAT GRAY OWL Newport NH, 3/2017
       
     
GREAT GRAY OWL Newport NH, 3/2017

Jut one of a series of photographs taken in early march of 2017, of this, the LARGEST of owls in the world, as well as one of the most rare and seldom seen.. Being NEAR, and having the priviledge of photographing was a "LIFETIME" experience for me that I will not soon forget!

NORTHERN CARDINAL- Female  2017, Andover, MA
       
     
NORTHERN CARDINAL- Female 2017, Andover, MA
AMERICAN - ANHINGA, Profile 12/17  Trinity FL
       
     
AMERICAN - ANHINGA, Profile 12/17 Trinity FL
GREAT EGRET in FLIGHT 2017 Trinity FL
       
     
GREAT EGRET in FLIGHT 2017 Trinity FL
SNOWY EGRET wading  2017,  Trinity FL
       
     
SNOWY EGRET wading 2017, Trinity FL
AMERICAN ANHINGA  Trinity FL 2017
       
     
AMERICAN ANHINGA Trinity FL 2017
MUSCOVY DUCKS  Trinity FL, 2017
       
     
MUSCOVY DUCKS Trinity FL, 2017
MUSCOVY DUCK Trinity FL 2017
       
     
MUSCOVY DUCK Trinity FL 2017
SNOWY EGRET in flight..Trinity FL, 2017
       
     
SNOWY EGRET in flight..Trinity FL, 2017
WHIE IBIS, SNOWY EGRET and a TRI-COLOR HERON, Trinity FL, 2017
       
     
WHIE IBIS, SNOWY EGRET and a TRI-COLOR HERON, Trinity FL, 2017
WHITE IBIS Flock at rest, Trinity FL, 2017
       
     
WHITE IBIS Flock at rest, Trinity FL, 2017
ROSEATE SPOONBILL Ready for Take-off, Trinity FL, 2017
       
     
ROSEATE SPOONBILL Ready for Take-off, Trinity FL, 2017
TRIO of ROSEATE SPOONBILLS   Trinity FL, 2017
       
     
TRIO of ROSEATE SPOONBILLS Trinity FL, 2017
GREAT EGRET  at rest, Trinity FL 2017
       
     
GREAT EGRET at rest, Trinity FL 2017
PAIR of ROSEATE SPOONBILLS in Flight, Trinity FL, 2017
       
     
PAIR of ROSEATE SPOONBILLS in Flight, Trinity FL, 2017
ROSEATE SPOONBILL Take-Off, Trinity FL, 2017
       
     
ROSEATE SPOONBILL Take-Off, Trinity FL, 2017
TRI-COLOR HERON  Trinity FL, 2017
       
     
TRI-COLOR HERON Trinity FL, 2017
LITTLE BLUE HERON, Trinity FL, 2017
       
     
LITTLE BLUE HERON, Trinity FL, 2017
SNOWY EGRET Standing Tall  Trinity FL, 2017
       
     
SNOWY EGRET Standing Tall Trinity FL, 2017
WHITE BREASTED SPARROW  in snow  2018, Andover, MA
       
     
WHITE BREASTED SPARROW in snow 2018, Andover, MA
ROSEATE SPOONBILL Flying Solo, Trinity FL 2017
       
     
ROSEATE SPOONBILL Flying Solo, Trinity FL 2017
AMERICAN ROBIN Getting Dinner  Andover, MA 2017
       
     
AMERICAN ROBIN Getting Dinner Andover, MA 2017
NORTHERN CARDINAL (male) 2018, in motion; Andover, MA
       
     
NORTHERN CARDINAL (male) 2018, in motion; Andover, MA
AMERICAN BLUE JAY  at rest; 2018, Andover, MA
       
     
AMERICAN BLUE JAY at rest; 2018, Andover, MA
Northern Cardinal (male) 2017. Andover, MA
       
     
Northern Cardinal (male) 2017. Andover, MA

Beautiful Sites these birds are!

Northern Cardinal (male) 2018. Andover, MA
       
     
Northern Cardinal (male) 2018. Andover, MA
Black-Capped Chickadee, Andover, MA 2018
       
     
Black-Capped Chickadee, Andover, MA 2018

"OFFICIAL" State bird of MA and ME, Andover, MA  2018

 

SNOWY EGRET in FLIGHT, Trinity FL, 2017
       
     
SNOWY EGRET in FLIGHT, Trinity FL, 2017

Totally "graceful" birds  whe "In the Air"!!

ROSEATE SPOONBILL (landing) 2017, Trinity FL
       
     
ROSEATE SPOONBILL (landing) 2017, Trinity FL
TRICOLOR  HERON  (wading)  Trinity FL 2017
       
     
TRICOLOR HERON (wading) Trinity FL 2017
FLOCK OF WHITE IBIS  Trinity FL, 2017
       
     
FLOCK OF WHITE IBIS Trinity FL, 2017
ROSEATE SPOONBILL in FLIGHT, Trinity FL 2017
       
     
ROSEATE SPOONBILL in FLIGHT, Trinity FL 2017

Amazing color and grace when these birds are in the air!!

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HAIRY WOODPECKER (male) 2018, Andover, MA
       
     
HAIRY WOODPECKER (male) 2018, Andover, MA

Very pretty and industrial birds!

TUFTED TITMOUSE in a SNOWSTORM, 2018, Andover, MA
       
     
TUFTED TITMOUSE in a SNOWSTORM, 2018, Andover, MA
TUFTED TITMOUSE in ice storm, Andover, MA 2018
       
     
TUFTED TITMOUSE in ice storm, Andover, MA 2018
HOUSEFINCH (male) after a snowstorm, 2018, Andover, MA
       
     
HOUSEFINCH (male) after a snowstorm, 2018, Andover, MA
MUSCOVY  DUCKS, 2017, Trinity FL
       
     
MUSCOVY DUCKS, 2017, Trinity FL
HAIRY WOODPECKER AFTER A STORM  Andover, MA 2018
       
     
HAIRY WOODPECKER AFTER A STORM Andover, MA 2018
NORTHERN  CARDINAL (female), Andover, MA 2018
       
     
NORTHERN CARDINAL (female), Andover, MA 2018

This girl's taking cover following an overnight snowstorm!

HOUSEFINCH (male) , Andover, MA 2018
       
     
HOUSEFINCH (male) , Andover, MA 2018

This cute little male Housefinch got caught in the middle of a winter snowstorm! Snowstorm!

Northern Cardinal (female) 2017. Andover, MA
       
     
Northern Cardinal (female) 2017. Andover, MA

This pretty female Northern Cardinal was hanging on for dear life during the worst snowstorm  we experienced  so far in 2018!!