My life is about living with nature – here you can live it with me!


Banded Junco in the Administration Building

Slate Colored Junco
Dark-eyed Junco

You never know when something unexpected will happen. I got a phone call this morning saying “A bird is in the building”!! Down the steps I go . . . . . hmm it’s Junco!! Took about 10 minutes and we got the bird in the corner!! I realized holding it that it had a band on its leg . . . . 2400 series!! I think to myself “I did have bands in that series”. Sure enough it was a bird that I banded back on 11th of December 2005. I never would have expected five years and five days later this bird would end up in my hand again. Guess that is why bird banders band birds . . . . get recaptures that tell us that this girl loves the winter in Allegany State Park!

Red-bellied Woodpecker

I was shocked when this Red-bellied Woodpecker rolled into the feeders yesterday! Little skittish but still not afraid to take control of those feeds . . . maybe not as bold as the Blue Jays!!


Tree Sparrow

My first Tree Sparrows arrived at the new house just last week and they have already taken hold at the feeders! They are such stunning LBJ’s!!

Rooster Tail

Whenever water levels are high in Allegany State Park . . . I always make it a point to see how high the Rooster Tail is over on the Quaker Lake Overspill.  Many years ago, I had seen the Rooster Tail higher than the lake.

Butterflies on my Finger

Common Ringlet on Finger
Common Ringlet

You always need to stay close to nature . . . . have you ever given a try to holding a butterfly on your finger?

Baby Mergansers

Mamma Common Merganser
Common Merganser mom and babies

Today found a mother Merganser walking her babies down a drainage ditch. Mom quickly flew when I first saw them and babies followed (see following videos from my iPhone)


Happy Mothers Day

4 hungry birds

Happy Mothers Day Everyone because we all know your job is never done!