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Trying to Catch Up!

Snow Bunting
Snow Bunting from 15 Dec 2007

It has been a busy week with limited time to take any pictures or do any blogging! We lost power a few nights ago to that huge storm that moved through the area. Last night I did a slide program for the Cattaraugus County Camera Club and I now need to prepare for my next slide program on the 19th. I have lucky come across a few first for the year (cool) birds this week! The weekend started with a Northern Shrike (check) who made an appearance at the entrance of Red House off I-86. Yesterday a flock of ~12 Snow Buntings (check) were doing their thing along the road side near Red House Lake. I then noticed a small raft of Buffleheads (check) swimming in the middle of Red House Lake this morning (yep, the lake has thawed out already). This spring weather has really made me crave looking for spring birds like the American Woodcock! Then I remember that it’s a few months early before I can start doing these activities!!

Although I miss everyone, I just seemed overwhelmed with things right now and yes, my RSS feeds are building up! I promise to take some time to catch up with everyone’s post here soon! Not tonight though, I am off to be early to catch up with some sleep! Thank goodness that tomorrow is Friday!

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24 responses

  1. I know the feeling of not being able to catch up. I’ve still got pictures from my Vancouver trip I’ve yet to process and post. Good luck getting caught up!

    10 January 2008 at 9:55 pm

  2. Tom

    Very nice shot of the snow bunting Tom. This is a bird I have yet to see. Very cool.


    10 January 2008 at 10:17 pm

  3. Don’t worry Tom we all need to take breaks at times.
    Life just happens. I have never seen a snow bunting so this is great seeing one through your eyes.

    10 January 2008 at 11:28 pm

  4. i know the feeling of never having enough time. we all do need a break at times. it seems like there is always so much to do and never enough time to do it. hope you have a better week-end. ~nita~

    10 January 2008 at 11:38 pm

  5. Nice shot of the snow bunting. I like to see buntings, on the occasions that I can find them.

    11 January 2008 at 12:18 am

  6. We all have to take breaks when we get busy. I can’t seem to get back into blogging much yet. There isn’t much for me to blog about now that the birds, butterflies and flowers aren’t to be seen. And I think people are tired of hearing about my knee, haha. I’m pretty busy still digitizing hundreds of slides, photos, video and 8mm for the many years of my life. It may take the rest of my life! It started out fun, it’s not fun anymore.

    11 January 2008 at 1:45 am

  7. Fear not! As a working and homeschooling momma, I can completely relate (and let you off the hook on) being overwhelmed and behind.

    11 January 2008 at 3:35 am

  8. pwrbrdr

    This time of year seems to always be hectic. I am going to have to try for the shrike and buntings. I had 16 Bald Eagles at the dam before the ice melted – 14 in a group on the ice and 2 in the air by the dam itself!

    I hate early thaws.

    11 January 2008 at 5:48 am

  9. TGIF indeed Tom. Hope it’s a restful, fun weekend for you.

    11 January 2008 at 6:51 am

  10. Lisa at Greenbow

    Don’t fret Mon@rch. We will be here when you return to us. I just love the SNow Bunting photo. I have tried to photograph them without much luck. They are usually way out in a field or so skittish I can’t seem to photo them.

    11 January 2008 at 7:47 am

  11. Great Snow Bunting shot! I see them often but I agree with Lisa, they always seem so skittish and are hard to photograph.

    11 January 2008 at 9:15 am

  12. Wonderful Snow Bunting!! They are always hard to find and usually scatter before I can set up for a good shot.

    11 January 2008 at 9:45 am

  13. What amazing sightings you had, and I love this snow bunting picture, Tom!
    Take a deep breath, and take one thing at a time. Don’t worry about us, we’ll be here. 🙂

    11 January 2008 at 9:50 am

  14. Post when you have the time, and we’ll all be here when you do! Great photographs and always wonderful and colorful commentary.

    11 January 2008 at 11:44 am

  15. Oh, I loved to see a snow bunting. Very cute. Hey, I’m way behind on visiting this week. Don’t worry – we’ll catch up sooner or later. Relax.

    11 January 2008 at 1:33 pm

  16. Take it easy, bud. Everyone gets stressed & pressed now & again. Do what you need.

    11 January 2008 at 3:18 pm

  17. Hi Tom,
    No worries! Very nice sightings already for 2008.
    Snow Bunting would be a lifer for me, pretty bird.
    Everytime I see all your different birds I think I must move out to the woods. Than I sit on the deck with my birds and wonder who would feed them all! Things will settle down soon for you. Do get some rest. The birds will be there for you and we will be here when you get a chance to post.

    11 January 2008 at 5:40 pm

  18. Happy Friday for sure Tom! The birdies will be back soon!!! Yay!

    11 January 2008 at 7:39 pm

  19. Marg

    Oh I love snow buntings…nice shot! Another one I need to get!

    11 January 2008 at 10:45 pm

  20. Grace

    Talking about getting caught up; I finally got photos of the big Christmas tree last night–they took it down today!!

    11 January 2008 at 10:48 pm

  21. @ Marty – thanks and just have way too many RSS feeds!
    @ Tom – Thanks and if you head up to the Lake Erie you could find them!
    @ Toni – wish I could call it a break!
    @ Nita – makes it harder with not as many things happening!
    @ John – thanks I don’t see them as often as I would like!
    @ Erie – many great things going on . . . just not enough time in the day! I will work on catching up soon!
    @ Trixie – although there are always times for catch up right?
    @ John – it’s a great time of the year! I wish you luck!
    @ Jayne – Fun yes, restful . . doubtful!
    @ Lisa – they are very skittish and during the CBC I was very lucky!
    @ Sherri – thanks and you just need to be patient!
    @ Birdfreak – thanks and normally they will return! Just need to know the perfect spot to wait!
    @ Lisa – thanks and when you fall behind, the feeds just keep rolling in!
    @ Robin – thanks and I try!
    @ Mary – seems like the longer I blog, the more RSS feeds that I get!
    @ Lana – will catch up soon, thanks!
    @ Sherry – I could use some rest for sure! Advantages in living in/near the woods vs out in the open!
    @ Pam – great having them returning and glad it is Friday!

    11 January 2008 at 10:51 pm

  22. @ Marg – thanks and hope you find it!
    @ Grace – glad you did capture it or would be another year until it goes up again!

    11 January 2008 at 10:53 pm

  23. lvn600

    I hear you Tom.-I’m in the same boat.-Nice photo of the bunting-is it a relative of the 12 Snow Buntings you just saw? -anything is possible-right?

    12 January 2008 at 9:58 pm

  24. @ Lvn – thanks and I guess anything is possible! Thanks!

    13 January 2008 at 3:21 pm

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