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Pre-Easter Birding

Common Snipe on telephone pole
Common Snipe on a telephone pole

This morning I went out to do some birding and enjoyed finding the birdies most everywhere!

Blue-winged Teal
Blue-winged Teal

I quickly found two new birds for 2009 while out on Swamp Road in Randolph, NY. The Blue-winged Teal (CHECK) was my first surprise for the day who were kindly hanging out with the Northern Shovelers!

Common Snipe
Common Snipe

Not far from the teal was a Common Grackle who arrived making me think it could have possibly been a  Rusty . . . . . while looking through the binoculars I happen to see some movement . . . . . (CHECK) my first Common Snipe for 2009! It is funny how once you finally find a snipe, they seem to appear everywhere! I never expected to see that one individual up onto a telephone pole and then further down the road a another handful of snipe out on the mad flats. Snipe happiness I was having!

Northern Shoveler
Northern Shoveler

I also had my first Hermit Thrush for 2009 (CHECK) while driving through Allegany State Park on Thursday. Birds are nicely moving through the area . . . . I sure do love this time of the year knowing more birdies will be arriving soon!  I will have my camera in hand ready for the next arrivals!

Another Hermit Thrush
Hermit Thrush


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10 responses

  1. I love the Hermit Thrush! So cute! Another must see bird to put on my list!

    Happy Easter

    11 April 2009 at 8:13 pm

  2. I had the briefest view of a snipe at the river’s edge last year. It blended in so well with the rocks that I really didn’t notice it until it flew away at my approach. Great photos. Looks like you still have snow.

    11 April 2009 at 9:44 pm

  3. That Hermit Thrush is a cutie. Excellent photos. Happy Easter!

    12 April 2009 at 12:37 am

  4. Your photos are just astoundingly beautiful, Tom. Amazing amazing stuff . . . I think you of often when I’m enjoying the birds around here. Of course, we don’t get the same variety as you do. 🙂

    Happy Easter, my friend. xxoo

    12 April 2009 at 9:11 am

  5. Marg

    What an adorable Hermit Thrush shot-you had good Easter birding!

    12 April 2009 at 9:58 am

  6. Nice BWTE! I’ve never seen one, although they’re occasionally reported here.

    12 April 2009 at 12:03 pm

  7. Cool shots – and some great birds. Never seen a snipe on a telephone pole before!!

    12 April 2009 at 1:24 pm

  8. Lisa at Greenbow

    What great birds! I bet you really enjoyed the morning. A snipe on a telephone pole, that is a first for me to see.

    12 April 2009 at 8:24 pm

  9. @ Kallen – Isn’t it amazing how a birdie can sometimes just look so adorable . . . 🙂
    @ Ruth – Thanks and it is so fun seeing snipe! Was it displaying?
    @ PSYL – thanks and happy Easter to you also!
    @ Lisa – Thanks and I am honored you think of me whenever you see some birdies in your area! Happy Easter to you too!
    @ Marg – Thanks and was a great pre-Easter birding day!
    @ Adam – I don’t see many and if I miss them on spring migration . . . I miss them for the year! So, I was very happy finding this one!
    @ Marty – Thanks and isn’t that a strange place for one?
    @ Lisa G – Thanks and I did enjoy it! I agree it is a unusual spot for a snipe! At first I thought it was a Mourning Dove but something about the way it landed got me looking closer!

    13 April 2009 at 10:44 am

  10. Grace

    It is kind of a shock, after all our springtime Chincoteague pictures to see oe of Allegany State park with s**w in it 😦

    13 April 2009 at 2:10 pm

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