Sunday, May 27, 2007

tricksy pix

How to make taking photos trickier:

  • have a moving subject
  • have a toddler play with an umbrella about 2 feet from you
  • let the target subject eat all the seed or bait the day before you try, and have no more to put out
  • take it through the glass window in the door, because you're trying not to scare the little critter

With that in mind, some neighbors of the day:

Stubbs, the red squirrelGray Squirrel
Chipping Sparrow
Eastern Chipmunk

Stubbs, the red squirrel
Gray Squirrrel (inverted)
Chipping Sparrow
Eastern Chipmunk (through glass)

Heard the ovenbird today; I don't think I've ever seen one. We've been hearing him daily, and well into the evening.

There are at least 5 chipmunks around and about, living in the stone wall or in tunnels out back under the hemlock roots.

By the way, we also saw an Indigo Bunting today. This was a male, on our mixed seed feeder. My sister tells me that this bird requires early successional habitat; we have that more or less because the power company has been clearing extensively under the power lines in the past few years.

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