Common Snipe on a telephone pole
This morning I went out to do some birding and enjoyed finding the birdies most everywhere!
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!
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!
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!
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I love the Hermit Thrush! So cute! Another must see bird to put on my list!
11 April 2009 at 8:13 pm
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
That Hermit Thrush is a cutie. Excellent photos. Happy Easter!
12 April 2009 at 12:37 am
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
What an adorable Hermit Thrush shot-you had good Easter birding!
12 April 2009 at 9:58 am
Nice BWTE! I’ve never seen one, although they’re occasionally reported here.
12 April 2009 at 12:03 pm
Cool shots – and some great birds. Never seen a snipe on a telephone pole before!!
12 April 2009 at 1:24 pm
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
@ 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
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