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Baby Seagull

July 19, 2010

Have you ever seen a baby seagull? I never had, but my family was visiting last week, and we saw this one on the roof of a building in Portland, ME:

They have polka dotted heads. I think the mother was clever in choosing a roof whose gravel pattern was similar to the coloration of the chick. I got some stills too:

POTW #12: Chipping Sparrow

May 11, 2010

Chipping sparrow (Spizella passerina), Durham, NH. 7 May 2010. 72mm, f/2.8, 1/50 sec, distance 3 meters.

POTW #8: Blue Jay eating cracked corn

January 21, 2010

Blue Jay (Cyanocitta cristata) shutter: 1/30, focal length: 432 mm, aperture: f/3.5, distance: 3 meters, location: Groton, CT

Childhood ornithology

When I was a kid, I thought, “Pointy headed birds come in two colors—red and blue.” This seemed logical. Licorice comes in red and black, but we call both of them “licorice.” Crayons also come in different colors. So I was surprised when I learned that blue jays are actually cousins of crows, while the cardinal’s family includes grosbeaks and tanagers. Crows and tanagers don’t look alike at all.

POTW #7: Christmas Day Cardinal

December 27, 2009

Female Northern Cardinal; Cardinalis cardinalis

focal length: 432 mm, aperture: f/3.5, shutter: 1/160 sec,  distance: 3 meters, location: Groton, CT.

This Cardinal didn’t do anything to help defend the Pope this Christmas, but I enjoyed her visit anyway. We’re visiting Beth’s parents in Connecticut for a few days. The birds put on an entertaining show several times a day at their many backyard feeders. This morning I saw six bluejays congregating at the trayfeeder for breakfast, but the camera wasn’t handy. I’ve never seen so many bluejays in such a small area before.

When we arrived in town late Wednesday evening, thirteen inches of snow covered the yard. Rain has basically washed it all away now. We packed our cross country skis, but skiing it seems will have to wait until we return to NH.


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