Thursday, June 24, 2010

New Scouting Camera Photos

I haven't posted any of my scouting camera photos lately so thought this would be a good time to do just that. All of these were captured during the month of June except the very last special photo that was taken in May.
Is not this creature beautiful!  I have been getting just one Bobcat photo each year so it is treasured especially a daytime photo!

Take time to enjoy nature, wildlife and your own backyard!  : )  Coppertop

Saturday, June 12, 2010

American Bittern Visits!

Last evening while sitting outside an American Bittern flew over our Maine backyard into the adjacent un-mowed field. I was able to capture a couple photos of it in flight. Usually I watch in awe and forget I have a camera in hand or my reaction time is just way too slow!
This morning about 5:15am I was woke by a familiar sound that was so loud it sounded like it was right under our bedroom window. I rose and scanned outdoors but could not see the owner of the sound I heard. Finally after about 15 minutes I spotted a long neck stretched above the tall grass in the field next door. To my delight I could tell the sound was coming from a 2nd Bittern and not the one observed.
After getting dressed and making coffee, I grabbed my camera and went outside to enjoy the birds. It was quite frenzy out there as the tree swallows are busy feeding their young. We have seven bird houses and five are filled with tree swallows babies! The one pair of bluebirds we had has been gone for a couple weeks now successful with their nesting. A pair of Bobolinks is seen in the field and edge of our lawn daily. Downy and hairy Woodpeckers feed on the suet, while Blue Jays fly in for their share. Mourning Doves coo as they land amongst the flowers. A cat bird whizzes by my head as it makes it daily rounds, from hemlock to bayberry to birdbath! Two gray squirrels try to sneak by me and I do mean sneak. They take the round about route to a feeder, couched as low to the ground as they can and slowly as if to say “You can’t see me!” A cute chipmunk hops about the rocks to the ‘rock plate’ holding sunflower seeds and grapes. Robins are singing and searching the lawn and pulling up their yummy worms! Goldfinches, Purple Finches and a single male Red-breasted Grosbeak find their seeds at our Oak tree in small hanging metal feeder. Hummingbirds are heard as they make their way between the two nectar feeders. I have missed a few birds I am sure but you get the idea. What a beautiful way to start the day, sitting with my coffee, watching and listening to nature at its finest.

Below is a clip of the sound which I recorded while in our ‘outdoor sitting area’. The Bittern would make this call, stop for awhile and call again, each time it was repeated just the three times. Such an unusual sound for a bird!

I did miss my chance for more Bittern in Flight photos as one flew off to the South just as I was going into the house for a coffee refill. About a half hour later the 2nd Bittern flew off to the West and behind trees not giving me the chance. Hopefully they will come back again as they have the past few years and hopefully I will be in the right place at the right time to capture some more photos.
It is amazing what one can see in their very own backyard, you just need to take some time, watch and listen. Enjoy your backyard! : ) Coppertop