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.
We heard a Black-billed Cuckoo and saw an Indigo Bunting on the nature hike we took at the Pilgrimage. I had never heard a Cuckoo bird before so I was excited to hear it. I wish I could have spotted it, though.
4 June 2008 at 8:59 am
Gorgeous pics, Mon@rch! Love that Cuckoo!
4 June 2008 at 9:34 am
Great photos once again. I like the veery the most.
4 June 2008 at 9:50 am
Wonderful!! Cuckoo numbers seem up a LOT in my area, maybe because of the explosion of 17-yr cicadas last year…
4 June 2008 at 10:08 am
I love the buntings. They are such beautiful birds. I never get to see them up close, unfortunately.
4 June 2008 at 10:08 am
Love the veery & cuckoo photos, both birds I’ve never seen.
4 June 2008 at 11:41 am
Love the shot of the Cuckoo Tom. I’ve only ever seen one and he didn’t sit still long enough for me to even swing the camera in his direction!
4 June 2008 at 2:44 pm
Indigo buntings are one of my long list of favorites! I like the in flight pose of the eastern kingbird, frozen in time and in the air!
4 June 2008 at 2:57 pm
I like the kingbird shot the best. The slightest hint of action with the flight. Nice.
4 June 2008 at 4:41 pm
I’ve been away from the Internet for about two weeks, and I’m just now catching up with posts of my favorite bloggers.
These are exciting photos for me. I’ve never seen a cuckoo or an indigo bunting. Your photos are great. I feel like I should ask you for a birding certificate after I read your blog for another year.
4 June 2008 at 5:33 pm
@ Linda – how much fun and the Cuckoo’s are very neat birds! I hear many more than see!
@ Liza – Thanks and was a fun bird!
@ Joan – thanks and I captured a side view of it also!
@ Birdfreak – thanks and maybe it was because of the cicadas. I know our tent caterpillars numbers are up . . . they will feed on them!
@ Scienceguy – thanks and they are fun to see up close!
@ Adam – thanks and I know there are many birds that I would love to find in your area!
@ Scherri – thanks and they are not easy to photograph!
@ Chicago – thanks and I kinda liked that kingbird shot also! I almost didn’t include it!
@ Lana – thanks and glad you enjoyed it!
@ Caroline – missed you and I am trying to catch up with many blogs after a long weekend!
4 June 2008 at 7:35 pm
Marvelous birds Mon@rch. I haven’t seen a Black-billed cuckoo yet this year. Hmmmmmmm
4 June 2008 at 7:53 pm
So that’s what a real live cuckoo looks like. :-}
5 June 2008 at 12:02 am
@ Lisa – thanks and I am still waiting for my first yellow-billed!
@ Bobbie – thanks and they sure do!
5 June 2008 at 11:28 pm
Veerys are huge favorites of mine! When I was a kid, before I knew what I was hearing, I called them “xylophone birds” because the way their calls sound. We haven’t heard any here yet.
6 June 2008 at 10:04 am
First time I saw a Veery I was disappointed. I had been looking for the birdie with the beautiful song, and he was a LBJ.
11 June 2008 at 11:54 pm