Welcome to the mon@rch nature blog and I hope you join us in some of our nature adventures through the Allegany State Park area!
I am a naturalist, field biologist and nature photographer from the Western New York area. I have started exploring nature writing through this blog and it truly has been fun sharing my numerous adventures with everyone. Thanks to the many other authors that help me with my post and they will be sharing some of their nature explorations.
I have always had a latent interest in birds and photography and have been lucky enough to find time to explore these interests over the last few years. I am very thankful to the Cattaraugus County Bird Club for getting me started, sharing their wealth of knowledge and for their wonderful programs. And many thanks to Tom for letting me share some of my adventures and photos on the Monarch Nature Blog.
Thank you for taking the time visiting and commenting on this blog.
That is an adorable picture!
18 December 2007 at 9:03 pm
18 December 2007 at 9:48 pm
What a cute Downy.
18 December 2007 at 10:42 pm
Gosh, I have been so busy, I missed a lot of posts. My turn to be wordy. Congratulations on your two years at Flickr, and the great number of posts you put up, that are all interesting and of high quality – when is your blogger anniversary? Have a wonderful holiday season, and may your new year be blessed with all sorts of creatures.
18 December 2007 at 11:08 pm
18 December 2007 at 11:38 pm
Perhaps he’s looking for signs of Santa.
19 December 2007 at 12:30 am
Your photos are so wonderful. I always knew that birds were a special piece of nature, but now I can see that they are little miracles. Thank you.
19 December 2007 at 1:26 am
Awwww… strike a pose!
19 December 2007 at 6:45 am
@ Rondi – thanks
@ Lynne – thanks
@ robin – thanks
@ N Shutterbug – It is a busy time of the year and thanks! My blog anniversary is in the summer in July! thanks
@ Nick – thanks
@ Lana – I never thought of that but you could be right? 🙂
@ Crayons – thanks for your kind words and they are for sure!
@ jayne – lol! thanks
19 December 2007 at 7:32 am
How darling. He is definitely posing for you.
19 December 2007 at 11:01 am
This is soooo cute Tom! Great photo for a WW!!
19 December 2007 at 1:40 pm
Beautiful photo… so full of meaning – “looking up” or “chin up” to those who need it:)
Was this a photo submission of yours to CBC?
By the way, thank you for your comments on my blog. I did eventually get a shot of our neighbourhood downy woodpecker and I’ve posted a photo… you’re right, they are shy little birds and not easy to photograph.
Cheers to you and may your holiday season be bright!
19 December 2007 at 2:45 pm
What a cool pose…
19 December 2007 at 6:42 pm
@ Erie – thanks and I think she is!
@ Naturewoman – Thanks
@ PInar – thanks and was something different to post! I have not submitted any of my pictures to the CBC people!
@ Tom – thanks
19 December 2007 at 7:11 pm
I just love the way you can see how the tail feathers are formed to help them cling to a tree.
19 December 2007 at 10:51 pm
This would be my lifer – thanks for the second best thing. Beautiful shot!
20 December 2007 at 2:37 am
What a shot! Great post for w.w.
20 December 2007 at 6:24 am
@ Lisa – they do have a specialized tail for sure! Thanks
@ Aullori – Glad you enjoyed this, thanks
@ TR – thanks!
20 December 2007 at 7:38 am
aw sweet little downy!
20 December 2007 at 11:25 am
Love the Downy’s. Waiting for the male. I’m observing the CBC in my county. Very interesing…
20 December 2007 at 3:47 pm
Great shot Tom, I starting to get an image here and there with this cheap 500 mm lens I came across, as long as the birds are not moving it does a wonderful job.
So as you see I haven’t posted any yet, bit I am getting there 🙂
21 December 2007 at 1:28 pm
That is a great shot! I love woodpeckers, especially this time of year. They look great against the bare trees and the snowy ground.
21 December 2007 at 4:10 pm
@ Marg – thought you would say you were down for this downy!
@ Mary – thanks and how wonderful you are observing one this year! Hope you do a post on it!!
@ Bernie – thanks and 500 is very powerful! I do have problems with my 400mm but just keep with it!
@ Moe – thanks and they are great for sure!
21 December 2007 at 11:52 pm
Cute-! Do woodpeckers get warbler neck? I guess with all that hammering they must have tough necks.
22 December 2007 at 3:25 pm