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.
I can do a Wordless Wednesday, it isn’t over yet right? Sorry about the video, not sure why it ended up being wide screen like that! Glad that I was able to upload it though!
9 January 2008 at 9:28 pm
You get to be right! It is definitely still wednesday. That chickadee cooperated by turning around for the camera. This is the best way to get them on film. They are so active.
9 January 2008 at 9:43 pm
Love the video! I never get tired of watching Chickadees.
9 January 2008 at 9:47 pm
Chickadees are lots of fun to watch and listen to-thanks for the nice video!
9 January 2008 at 9:52 pm
Thank you Mon@arch. I’ve never seen birds that close. How do they turn around on the branch so quickly? They are things of wonder.
9 January 2008 at 11:00 pm
Fantastic! don’t you just love how they hold their seeds.
9 January 2008 at 11:48 pm
10 January 2008 at 12:01 am
They are little gymnasts. That little bird is really going at it trying to get that nut out. It takes more effort than one would think. I love how he was able to take that seed from his beak and put it between his feet so fast.
10 January 2008 at 12:08 am
what a great little video! it made me so happy just to watch it. ~nita~
10 January 2008 at 12:18 am
Is there any chance that I could convince you to do an hour slide show or talk on birds for a group of 8 3rd graders on a Thursday 11:00am -noon. We would come to the park. I would bring you lunch. You do such a great job with the kids. Let me know. New email address…..I’m now living in the fast lane. My kids love to watch your videos now.
10 January 2008 at 12:23 am
Hey, I think one of those chickadees is a nuthatch! 🙂 I love the way they grasp the seeds in their feet while perched and get them open. Amazing! They do it just the same way as my Chestnut-backed Chickadees here! 🙂 Fancy that! 🙂
10 January 2008 at 12:42 am
Liked the film. Widescreen gives it that epic motion picture feel! Liked the cameo by the Red-breasted Nuthatch whom I feel probably deserves a full length film of his own!
10 January 2008 at 6:41 am
Love the video! Cuteness abounds! I just received my Christmas cards for next year I got on sale at the National Wildlife Federation…. yep, a beautiful embossed chickadee on a feeder!
10 January 2008 at 6:57 am
I’m always amazed at how quick these little birds are – definitely a favorite at the feeders. And I like the bonus red-breasted nuthatch you caught, too. Oh, and nice little exit ‘tweet’ at the end of the video – a nice touch (whether it was on purpose or not).
10 January 2008 at 8:57 am
Great video. And I agree with Lisa at G about the chickadee turning around.
Maybe you were the director saying—psssst, could you turn around for the camera?
10 January 2008 at 10:08 am
Great video–how do you film that close?
10 January 2008 at 11:43 am
I love watching them eat the seeds-so one minded!
10 January 2008 at 12:06 pm
@ Lisa – sweet! I have been trying to capture this shot with the seed for weeks! Thanks
@ Ruth – you should see them at my house!
@ lvn – thanks!
@ Caroline – I probably should do that turn around thing in slow motion! Thanks
@ toni – I do love how they hold the seed!
@ John – thanks
@ Erie – they are gymnastics! They are amazing birds for sure!
@ nita – thanks and it is fun to watch!
@ Nancy – I would have to take time off from work to do it and also need to check my schedule to see if something is scheduled already! You talking today or next week?
@ Vern – Thanks and thinking about getting a real “REAL” video camera instead of using my point and shoot all the time! I do agree with the nuthatch! Will work on that!
@ Jayne – thanks and Very cool for sure!
@ Marty – they are faves for sure and I couldn’t edit the nuthatch out! Thanks
@ KGMom – thanks and that was an extra touch! See how I do it at each angle! Smile for the camera!
@ Joan – Tripod and go in the house crossing my fingers!
@ Marg – thanks and they are!
10 January 2008 at 12:21 pm
What a great video! It captures the essence of chickadee behavior. They are so cute and purposeful all the time.
10 January 2008 at 2:14 pm
So sweet! I enjoy your videos. A Nuthatch video would be very fun to watch.
Thanks again for another delightful post.
10 January 2008 at 2:56 pm
Some of our best work comes from setting up the tripod and going in the house (crossing our fingers)!
10 January 2008 at 4:19 pm
Any week… but only doable for me (us) on Thursday 11am-noon.
10 January 2008 at 4:42 pm
What a sweet video Tom! I love seeing the birdies so close like this. Thanks!
10 January 2008 at 8:02 pm
Ahhhh… Chickadee dee dee. You can’t mistake its voice for another. Great video!
10 January 2008 at 10:05 pm
Do chickadees ever SIT STILL? It’s like they are on speed.
10 January 2008 at 11:59 pm
Ah Chickadee’s one of the coolest birds to watch in this area simply because of their adventurous spirit. Nice video.
11 January 2008 at 10:07 am
Interesting to really be able to see him eating… leaning back in order to get good leverage to pry the seed open. What is so impossible to see in real time!
11 January 2008 at 7:27 pm
Terrific video of one of my favorite kinds of birds. But I only heard it say “Chicka-dee-dee-dee” once!
11 January 2008 at 10:15 pm
How did you get that nice slow zoom when you were in the house with your fingers crossed?
11 January 2008 at 10:38 pm
Thanks everyone and I appreciate your kind words! Grace -Remind me on Tuesday and I will telling you my secret on the zoom!
11 January 2008 at 10:59 pm
You may have been wordless, but I’m sure I heard a few avian comments in the background. 🙂
12 January 2008 at 7:58 am
@ Wren – that’s for sure! Thanks!
13 January 2008 at 3:22 pm