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.
Fabulous! Absolutely fabulous!
21 January 2009 at 8:31 pm
That’s a keeper!
21 January 2009 at 8:41 pm
Hiya Tom! You know I love Downy’s! Great shots love it with the sumac colour.
Tried to comment earlier today on some other blog posts but my internet was being incredibly slow!
21 January 2009 at 8:52 pm
Gorgeous! I had my first downy this past fall. My husband first spotted it visiting our then empty bluebird box, which sits very near some staghorn sumacs on our property.
21 January 2009 at 9:16 pm
Wow. The reds, black and white are so striking! Beautiful, Tom!
21 January 2009 at 9:39 pm
Outstanding. He is a cute birdie.
21 January 2009 at 10:20 pm
@ Kerri – thanks!
@ Lynne – I was happy with it!
@ Marg – thanks and looks like maybe it had gone through!
@ Kelley – Thanks my guess is they were just checking out the local real estates! LOL
@ Mary – Thanks
@ Grace – thanks and sure is!
21 January 2009 at 10:39 pm
That’s a gorgeous combination–so sharp, too!
I’ve missed you–glad you’re back at it!
21 January 2009 at 10:40 pm
The cutest of all woodpeckers. I have a pair of downys (or is it downies?) pretty much only in the winter. They love the suet. I love your photo. The black and white is set off nicely with the red sumac.
21 January 2009 at 11:27 pm
Definitely no needs for words. Amazing photo capture. Thanks for sharing!
21 January 2009 at 11:57 pm
22 January 2009 at 5:34 am
I love the composition of this photo Mon@rch. It does both the sumac and the downy most beautiful.
22 January 2009 at 8:43 am
Wonderful photograph that speaks a thousand words.
22 January 2009 at 9:53 am
I just saw a pileated yesterday. Quite the sight for me.
22 January 2009 at 10:24 am
I love the downy photo. They are pretty common here, sitting on a nearby branch while I fill the suet feeder.
22 January 2009 at 10:42 am
What a lovely contrast – the deep blood red of the Sumac and the black & white of the Downy – stunning shot!
22 January 2009 at 12:59 pm
Ooh, that’s a fabulous picture of the Downy on sumac!
22 January 2009 at 5:12 pm
This is sooo beautiful, Tom! This was my fav, too!
22 January 2009 at 6:15 pm
22 January 2009 at 7:58 pm
Wow, that sumac really hangs on to its berries. And they’re so red still! Ours have all gone brown (what’s left of them). Super pic!
22 January 2009 at 8:28 pm
22 January 2009 at 9:03 pm
Great contrast and colour. I think I remember you saying that sumac was a bit on the toxic side for some birds and was only eaten when they were very hungry.
22 January 2009 at 10:28 pm
Darling little bird and on the sumac makes for a spectacular photograph!
You inspire me to me a better photographer. Thank you!
23 January 2009 at 7:16 am
Wow- what great pictures. These are really inspiring! Thanks for stopping by my blog. I’ll need to add you to my ‘follow’ list.
23 January 2009 at 9:44 am
What a beautiful photo! Love it!
23 January 2009 at 7:54 pm
I love the staining on the rictal bristles! A downy with lipstick!
23 January 2009 at 9:11 pm
Great shot. Love the contrasting colors.
24 January 2009 at 4:02 am
25 January 2009 at 10:30 am
25 January 2009 at 10:35 am
@ Nina – thanks and I promise that I had checked on you while I was gone!
@ Linda – they are cute for sure! Thanks for your kind words!
@ PSYL – thanks
@ Todd – Thanks
@ Lisa – thanks
@ NCMountain – thanks
@ Scienceguy – they are fun and I seem to be finding them here in Allegany prob once every other day!
@ Joan – I love finding them at my suet feeder! 🙂
@ Bird Girl – thanks and did workout great!
@ RuthieJ – Thanks
@ Pam – thanks and glad you enjoyed it
@ Samuel – thanks
@ Rurality – brown . . . interesting ours stays red throughout the year.
@ NatureShutterbug – thanks
@ Ruth – Thanks and I am not sure if its toxic but I know they normally save it for last resort food!
@ Sherry – Thanks and you are a stunning photographer!
@ BirdingGirl – I love visiting your site! Thanks
@ Adam – thanks
@ Susan – isn’t that wonderful . . . that redish fluff is my fav part of this picture!
@ Marvin – Thanks
@ Marty – thanks
@ Mel – thanks!
25 January 2009 at 10:32 pm