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May brings us birds

Eastern Kingbird
Eastern Kingbird

Today was a great day for new birdies and I ended up with 5 first for 2008’s (without trying). My first bird was a Hooded Warbler (CHECK) who was up bright and early this morning. Then I found a Magnolia Warbler (CHECK) who was hopping around the hemlocks. Over on Quaker Lake, I don’t think I could have gotten any closer to this Eastern Kingbird (CHECK). . . . I had to back up some for the camera to focus!! I thoroughly enjoyed watching the Kingbird hunting for insects in the grass and just ignoring the photographer!

Eastern Kingbird with a bug
Eastern Kingbird with a bug!

Then while photographing this Broad-winged Hawk along the roadside. . . I could hear “teacher, Teacher, TEACHER. . . ” my first Ovenbird (CHECK) for 2008! Days like today are exactly what I live for!

Broad-winged Hawk
Broad-winged Hawk

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10 responses

  1. Wow. What a cool looking hawk!

    2 May 2008 at 10:24 pm

  2. Lisa at Greenbow

    What beauties. I haven’t seen a Kingbird yet. sigh…

    2 May 2008 at 10:24 pm

  3. Super crisp photos. The closest I get to a bird is a parakeet at the pet store. They just fly away before I even get the camera out. Everything is a long shot for me. I think you have those bird trained. I’m going to call you the “bird whisperer.”

    3 May 2008 at 12:11 am

  4. I love the Kingbird and that’s such great shot Tom! Cool hawk too.

    3 May 2008 at 6:47 am

  5. The Kingbird is one of my favorites and you captured him well. They feed their young ones for a very long time and it’s fun to watch and photograph. I’ve never seen a broad-winged hawk up close – great, great shot!!!

    3 May 2008 at 9:18 am

  6. That hawk is really nice looking. Is he young, or is that as big as they get?

    3 May 2008 at 4:09 pm

  7. @ Liza – thanks
    @ Lisa – thanks and you should have them soon!
    @ Linda – thanks and I am sure you couldn’t find some birds that could get closer! Thanks and maybe you should just call me lucky!
    @ Jayne – thanks
    @ Bird Girl – thanks and I always love watching kingbirds!
    @ Scienceguy – that is as big as they get but I also do agree that this is a last year young bird! They just arrived and commonly seen in our woods here in Allegany!

    3 May 2008 at 7:43 pm

  8. NatureShutterbug

    Have never seen any of those birds; great to see them in good photos.

    3 May 2008 at 11:19 pm

  9. Marg

    Oh Tom-all those shots are awesome-Congrats on them and a great birding day!

    4 May 2008 at 8:15 am

  10. Grace

    I love watching Kingbirds.

    7 May 2008 at 10:52 pm

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