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Red Squirrel
Red Squirrel wondering what birds I am seeing!

I love waking up to my morning alarm clock again and I was extra excited hearing a Woodthrush (CHECK) singing along with my buzzing hummingbirds!! Not bad hearing two great birds before getting out of bed in the morning!! Later in the day I saw my first of the year Indigo Bunting (CHECK) singing up in a tree and didn’t expect in finding the Meadow Fritillary (CHECK), Juvenal Duskywing (CHECK) and American Lady (CHECK) who were also flying roadside! Yeah . . . . to the butterflies!

American Lady
American Lady

If the weather cooperates tomorrow (Thursday) . . . . Young Naturalist J and I will be joining Toni and Linda over at the Presque Isle State Park Banding Station. Afterwards we will be working our way over to Crane Creek (Ohio) to listen to Kenn Kaufman talk at the Black Swamp Bird Observatory. Friday will be a morning full of banding at Crane Creek and then heading back to New York State. I know we will be having a birdieful time and many wonderful photographic opportunities for future blog post!! But I am not sure when I will be able to get online again, so see you all when I return!

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22 responses

  1. Grace

    That red squirrel looks really inquisitive. He/she was checking you out.

    7 May 2008 at 10:58 pm

  2. I checked out your alarm clock. What an incredible sight! I can’t get over all those hummingbirds! My mom has several at her feeders, but nowhere near that many Wow!

    7 May 2008 at 11:24 pm

  3. Red Squirrels are so cute. The American Lady butterfly is so pretty especially in your photo. Well, it’s raining and I’m a little bummed about that. I haven’t heard from Toni of the banding being canceled yet so I’m hopeful that maybe it will go on as planned. I’m really looking forward to meeting you and Young Naturalist J and Toni (I’ve only actually met her once before in a book store) and look forward to watching my first bird banding.

    8 May 2008 at 12:22 am

  4. That squirrel is pretty cute — that flash of red! Still, I think Ruby would enjoy chasing it! 🙂

    8 May 2008 at 12:30 am

  5. enjoy your time; ironically I came close last night was my first Lazuli Bunting of the year which is our western version of your Indigo perhaps? I dunno but I was so excited I actually yelled out!

    8 May 2008 at 1:09 am

  6. Lovely photos of our little friends. All of them are very clear and well focused.

    8 May 2008 at 5:09 am

  7. Love that red squirrel and the beautiful butterfly. You guys have a wonderful time and bring back lots of great photos to share with us. :c)

    8 May 2008 at 6:42 am

  8. Jochen

    The squirrel isn’t wondering what birds you’re looking at, it is trying to find out why you even bother looking at birds when it is around.

    8 May 2008 at 7:04 am

  9. Squirrels often get credit as “honorary” birds on my walks!

    8 May 2008 at 7:35 am

  10. Lisa at Greenbow

    Have a great time at Crane Creek Mon@rch. I love going there. Except I like to go during the week when it isn’t so full of birders. I have been there when the banding station is set up. It is great fun to see the birds so close. My Brother-in-law, Bruce, will be there this weekend. He lives in Ann Arbor and he goes there many times through out the spring migration. Just an amazing place walking the boardwalk with warblers right in your face. Can’t wait to see your pictures and hear the stories.

    8 May 2008 at 8:34 am

  11. Sherri Friesman

    Have a great time on all your adventures! I’m looking forward to seeing the photos you come back with!

    8 May 2008 at 9:28 am

  12. Great photo of the red squirrel–he is quite alert. I like the butterfly too–beautiful colors.

    8 May 2008 at 11:12 am

  13. I love seeing your American Lady butterfly. What a beauty, and great photograph. Cute squirrel, too! We’re just now starting to see the soft blue azures of the season.

    8 May 2008 at 11:42 am

  14. Have a great time, Mon@arch! I’ll be in Central Park this weekend hoping to have a ‘birdieful’ time, as well…with two bird walks planned! Hope to get some warblers. Love the red squirrel and the butterfly – great color!

    8 May 2008 at 12:49 pm

  15. Marg

    I hope you and Linda, and Toni all meet up-that would be fantastic-maybe for once the weather could co-operate? Have a fantastic weekend Tom and J!

    8 May 2008 at 1:13 pm

  16. Beautiful photos, Tom! Hope you have a great day birding today!

    8 May 2008 at 1:48 pm

  17. Tom–you do have the best photos. The close-up on the squirrel’s face–priceless. And the butterfly is so stunningly lovely.
    After your Thursday and Friday trips, I am sure you will have more wonderful photos.

    8 May 2008 at 8:14 pm

  18. NatureShutterbug

    Great Alarm clock! Do you make your own sugar water?

    8 May 2008 at 8:21 pm

  19. The butterfly photo is especially exquisite!

    8 May 2008 at 10:06 pm

  20. @ Grace – Thanks and sure was!
    @ Rondi – Thanks and glad you enjoyed those hummingbirds! I don’t see that many until late summer!
    @ Linda – Thanks and I enjoyed photographing them and it was great seeing you today! Thanks
    @ Liza – Thanks and I know Ruby would enjoy them!
    @ Aullori – Such an amazing bird! I know I would have yelled out also!
    @ Davidlind – Thanks for your kind words!
    @ Jayne – Thanks and we had a blast! I have many more to share here soon!
    @ Jochen – Thanks and they just don’t understand that birds are much more fun.
    @ Dave – Thanks but they do eat many songbird eggs!
    @ Lisa – thanks and this is my first time here. I wish I could stick around to meet many of the other bloggers that will be birding. I have more to come soon!
    @ Sherri – Thanks and lucky I have some hotel internet to connect with!
    @ Joan – Thanks
    @ Robin – Thanks and our azures are flying all over the place right now!
    @ Bird Girl – Thanks and we will sure have a great birdieful time! Thanks
    @ Marg – Thanks and we did meat up!
    @ Adam – thanks and we sure did!
    @ KGMom – Thanks for your kind words and I do have a Saturday trip also but its with the local bird club!
    @ NatureShutterbug – LOL, we do make our own Sugar Water

    8 May 2008 at 10:11 pm

  21. Nice shots today – and a nice way to wake up in the morning (to the Woodthrush). I’m just catching up on blogs after a long weekend, so sorry for the late comment!

    12 May 2008 at 2:13 pm

  22. Great American Lady photo. The meadow frits are flying here in northern Illinois right now, too.

    12 May 2008 at 8:48 pm

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