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My previous diary covered July 5th & 6th. On July 7th & 8th we had some severe weather in CNY so I wasn't able to get out until the 9th. I also went birding on the 10th & 12th and got a life bird on every day.

Not a life bird, but it was a good omen for a Scarlet Tanager to give me the best photo I have of one first thing in the morning.


More below the squiggle.

The morning of Wednesday July 9th was a productive morning of birding. I made another trip to Labrador Hollow Unique Area to find a specific bird. My father was sure he saw a Prothonotary Warbler there on the 6th, but I was not able to find that bird.

The first bird that flew into view was a Scarlet Tanager.


I saw the Yellow-bellied Sapsucker again, but was not able to get a photo. At the same spot there was a juvenile Swamp Sparrow and an adult Swamp Sparrow.







Cedar Waxwing


There were also Red-winged Blackbirds, Eastern Kingbirds, and Tree Swallows at the pond.

On my way to the parking lot a little bird caught my attention. First life bird of the day, Eastern Phoebe.



I then went to the spot my father thought he saw the Prothonotary. There I saw my second life bird of the day, an American Redstart, but I was using my binoculars at the time and not the camera. There were also Ovenbirds, Common Yellowthroat and Rose-breasted Grosbeaks. I did get a photo of a female Grosbeak.


On the way home I decided to stop at a property owned by the Central New York Land Trust in Tully, NY.

The South Meadows Nature Area has a nice little loop path moving through several types of habitat, but the path was blocked by a fallen tree about halfway.

Female Common Yellowthroat



Song Sparrow


A lot more insect life than birds...



On Thursday the 10th I drove out to Montezuma National Wildlife Refuge. Young shorebirds are starting to move north and I wanted to see if any were at the refuge.

First bird to come into view was a life bird. Alder Flycatcher

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There was an adult and a juvenile Green Heron sitting in a tree.




Swamp Sparrow


Lots of Red-winged Blackbirds


Pied-billed Grebe


The Black Terns are starting to molt



They don't like Bald Eagles either...


Wood Ducks


The Canada Geese seem upset that you want to drive down the road they are sleeping on.


Three Osprey were circling the main pool of Black Lake, but I didn't see a successful catch.





A different Pied-billed Grebe with a different fish



On this particular morning there were also hundreds, maybe even thousand, Tree Swallows. Both adult and juvenile.






The only shorebird I saw, a Killdeer.


Plenty of Great Blue Herons as always.


Then on to Van Dyne Spoor marsh in Savannah, NY. This year they drained the marsh, so there is just one pool of water left. The Great Blue Herons, at least 30, were crowded into a small area to pick off the few remaining fish.



The last stop was the Morgan Road marsh just down the road. I didn't get out to walk because it was getting late and the bugs were really bad. But I did see a Robin eating a frog...


Saturday July 12th was time for a visit to the Seneca Meadows Wetlands Preserve. Seneca Meadows is a landfill known locally as "Mount Trashmore". A few year ago they wanted to expand the landfill, so they had to restore a wetland somewhere else. The result is a nice place to visit, even though there isn't much shade...

First bird after leaving the parking lot was a life bird, Bobolink.



Lots of Song Sparrows




This Savannah Sparrow was funny. It just kept hopping along the path never letting us get any closer.


A juvenile Song Sparrow that I incorrectly identified as a Vesper Sparrow.


Marsh Wren


Lots of Swallowtail Butterflies


Swamp Sparrow


American Goldfinch


Song Sparrow



Female Red-winged Blackbird


Song Sparrow







They should have taken some precautions against House Sparrows...





Since I was right next to Montezuma I couldn't just go home without driving through. Mid-morning isn't the best time to visit, but I got a few good photos...

Female Red-winged Blackbird



Eastern Kingbird



The Coot chicks are all grown up...




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Common Gallinule



Eastern Kingbirds





Mallard Hen and chicks


Originally posted to boriscleto on Sun Jul 13, 2014 at 04:50 AM PDT.

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  •  Tip Jar (18+ / 0-)

    In the beginning, the universe was created. This has made a lot of people very angry, and is generally considered to have been a bad move. -- Douglas Adams, The Hitch Hiker's Guide to the Galaxy

    by boriscleto on Sun Jul 13, 2014 at 04:50:15 AM PDT

  •  Thank you for this (3+ / 0-)
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    quill, pdxteacher, Rashaverak

    This is the quality of photography I strive for in every bird shot I make. Very well done.

    I don't usually just go birding, though when I visit a park with a lake I do sort of drift towards the water birds. I have a Nikon D90 and use a Tamron 75-300 mm Telemacro lens. Since this is a hobby for me, I can't justify more equipment :/. I'm also hampered by my inexperience with (and dislike of) using a tripod.

    •  Well...and a broken foot. (0+ / 0-)
    •  I recently started using a Sigma 150-500 (4+ / 0-)
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      quill, pdxteacher, Rashaverak, Lindy

      It's not a casual stroll in the park kind of weighs more than 4 lbs.

      But for several years I used the Pentax 55-300. Much easier to use as a walking around lens.

      In the beginning, the universe was created. This has made a lot of people very angry, and is generally considered to have been a bad move. -- Douglas Adams, The Hitch Hiker's Guide to the Galaxy

      by boriscleto on Sun Jul 13, 2014 at 07:17:27 AM PDT

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      •  nice photos (2+ / 0-)
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        What body are you using?

        After about 15 years away from photography, I recently decided to jump back in. I travel frequently and want to do a lot of bird and natural photography wherever I go, so was looking for something compact and light. Last week I bought an Olympus OM-D EM-10 mirrorless camera and an Olympus 75-300 lens. Because of the smaller sensor, that lens is equivalent to a full frame 150-600, but it's about 1/2 the size and weight. I'd recommend this rig for people who can't or don't want to carry around a huge lens and body.

        This past week I've been playing hooky from work in the mornings, driving to natural areas to take pictures. I'm re-learning how hard it is to photograph birds - so I especially appreciate your great photos!

        "Tell the truth and run." -- Yugoslav proverb

        by quill on Sun Jul 13, 2014 at 09:00:14 AM PDT

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        •  I use a Pentax K-5 (2+ / 0-)
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          It's a 16 MP APS-C. Same sensor as the Nikon D7000 and a bunch of Sonys.

          My first DSLR was the Pentax K-x, which had the same sensor as the Nikon D90 & D5000.

          In the beginning, the universe was created. This has made a lot of people very angry, and is generally considered to have been a bad move. -- Douglas Adams, The Hitch Hiker's Guide to the Galaxy

          by boriscleto on Sun Jul 13, 2014 at 09:41:09 AM PDT

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          •  nice (1+ / 0-)
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            I was looking into the K3, as well as Canon 70D and Nikon D5100, but couldn't get past the idea of having to lug those bodies plus a kit with long glass all over Timbuktu, or wherever I'll be going next. My greatest regret with the EM-10 is lack of weather sealing, which all of the above and your camera do have.

            "Tell the truth and run." -- Yugoslav proverb

            by quill on Sun Jul 13, 2014 at 10:47:13 AM PDT

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