August 2012

By: novembergale , 1:54 AM GMT on August 02, 2012

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August 2012

Full Sturgeon Moon (novembergale)
The Native American fishing tribes of the Great Lakes area called the full moon in August the Sturgeon Moon since it is traditionally the best month of the year to catch them.
Full Sturgeon Moon
Mom with Fawns (novembergale)
Mom with Fawns
Full Sturgeon Moon (novembergale)
The Native American fishing tribes of the Great Lakes area called the full moon in August the Sturgeon Moon since it is traditionally the best month of the year to catch them.
Full Sturgeon Moon
Waning Gibbous Moon (novembergale)
Waning Gibbous Moon
Eight Left! (novembergale)
An update on our turkey brood: As of this morning there are eight of the original 11 little ones left. This seems to be a very good survival rate at this point in the summer.
Eight Left!
In for a Landing (novembergale)
In for a Landing
Cauldron in the Sky (novembergale)
Heavy clouds around the sunset this evening created a fiery looking cauldron in the sky.
Cauldron in the Sky
Another Brood (novembergale)
Another brood of wild turkey has joined the original group that's been visiting our yard this summer. The second hen has a brood of two younger poults for a total of ten little ones.
Another Brood
Fledgling Hummer (novembergale)
Fledgling Hummer
Saying Goodbye? (novembergale)
Makes me sad to think they will be gone soon. Most of our hummers are gone by Labor Day and that's just a few weeks away. :-(
Saying Goodbye?
Choices (novembergale)
She chooses the feeder over the hibiscus almost every time!
Choices
Mother Hen (novembergale)
One of the wild hens that frequents our yard with her little ones.
Mother Hen
Wild Poults (novembergale)
Not so little any longer and there are still eight from the original brood of eleven. Their chances of survival get better each day. I saw a hawk fly over them this morning and it circled a few times and maybe decided they are too big now because it moved on.
Wild Poults
Hello! (novembergale)
Hello!
Monarch on Buddleia Bush (novembergale)
Monarch on Buddleia Bush
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Feed Us! (novembergale)
We're hungry!!!
Feed Us!
On the Fly (novembergale)
Barn Swallow feeding little ones on the fly.
On the Fly
Morning Rain (novembergale)
Morning Rain
Fledgling Swallows (novembergale)
Fledgling Swallows
Poor Guy (novembergale)
Looks pretty pathetic with his molted head.
Poor Guy
Monarch on Wild Carrot (novembergale)
Monarch butterfly on Wild Carrot, also known as Queen Anne's Lace or Bird Nest Flower.
Monarch on Wild Carrot
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Painted Lady on Buddleia (novembergale)
Painted Lady on Buddleia
Babies in the Rain (novembergale)
Barn Swallow fledglings huddle together in the cold rain.
Babies in the Rain
1st Sign of Fall (novembergale)
The grapes are starting to turn color.
1st Sign of Fall
Cautious (novembergale)
Cautious and watchful wild turkey hens with their little ones in our back yard.
Cautious
Hummingbird Moth (novembergale)
Hummingbird moth on Buddleia blossoms.
Hummingbird Moth
Pearls and Mint (novembergale)
Wild peppermint is in bloom and is loaded with Pearl Crescent Butterflies.
Pearls and Mint
Crisp Evening (novembergale)
Evening low in the 50 degree range tonight. I love this weather!
Crisp Evening
Fleeting Beauty (novembergale)
This Great Spangled Fritillary is a perfect example of fleeting beauty since they don't sit still for very long.
Fleeting Beauty
Buckeye Butterfly (novembergale)
Common Buckeye Butterfly which is not so common in this part of the United States. It's normal range usually stops in mid-Pennsylvania and this is only the second time I have seen one in this area of western New York.
Buckeye Butterfly
Aphrodite Fritillary (novembergale)
Aphrodite Fritillary Butterfly on wild peppermint blossoms. (Identification of this butterfly was confirmed by BAMONA as an Aphrodite, not a Great Spangled Fritillary as I had originally incorrectly identified.) BAMONA is the Butterfly and Month Organization of North America. Their correct ID can be viewed here: http://www.butterfliesandmoths.org/sighting_details/732121
Aphrodite Fritillary
Chickadee Shower (novembergale)
Black-capped Chickadee taking a shower in my water garden.
Chickadee Shower
Exact Moment (novembergale)
The exact moment the sun slips below the horizon.
Exact Moment
Young Jay (novembergale)
Our fledgling Blue Jays are getting big!
Young Jay
Pied Piper (novembergale)
This squirrel chewing on a stick almost looked like he was playing a musical pipe!
Pied Piper
Invisible (novembergale)
At least she thinks she is...
Invisible
Waxing Crescent (novembergale)
Tonight's waxing crescent moon just before moonset.
Waxing Crescent
Monarch Migration (novembergale)
Monarch migration is now underway and the Journey North organization is tracking their movement. If you are so inclined, you can help out by reporting your Monarch sightings at: http://www.learner.org/jnorth/monarch/fall2012/update082312.html
Monarch Migration
Immature Green Heron (novembergale)
Immature Green Heron
Hiding in Plain Sight (novembergale)
The camouflage on a Green Heron is amazing. This guy was 20 feet in front of me for at least 10 minutes before I realized he was there.
Hiding in Plain Sight
Lily Dale Swan (novembergale)
One of the swans that lives in Cassadaga Lake next to the wonderful spiritualist community of Lily Dale, New York.
Lily Dale Swan
Great Blue (novembergale)
Great Blue
Poor Frog (novembergale)
...but a happy Green Heron!
Poor Frog
Ruby Meadowhawk Skimmer (novembergale)
Ruby Meadowhawk Skimmer
Watery Reflections (novembergale)
Summer colors reflected on the water.
Watery Reflections
Heron Portrait (novembergale)
We went out looking for water and marsh birds early this morning. An immature Green Heron flew right up to me and pranced around on a log for a few minutes and let me snap away resulting in some really nice Heron portraits.
Heron Portrait
Alert Stance (novembergale)
When another heron in the marsh called out, the feathers on this guy's head stood right up.
Alert Stance
Safe Travels (novembergale)
Our male Ruby-throats haven't been seen for a few days now. Just the females and young ones remain and they will be leaving any time now. After that, all we will see are a few migrants passing through that spent their summer further north. Safe travels my friends, you are amazing creatures!
Safe Travels
Safe Travels (novembergale)
Our male Ruby-throats haven't been seen for a few days now. Only the females and young ones remain and they will be leaving any time now. After that, all we will see for the next few weeks are a few migrants passing through that spent their summer further north. Safe travels my friends, you are amazing creatures!
Safe Travels
Barhead Goose (novembergale)
This is a Barhead Goose that originates from India. It is the highest flying bird in the world and will fly 35,000 feet at 100 mph. This photo was taken at the Gooseneck Hill Waterfowl Sanctuary in Delvan, New York which is the largest waterfowl sanctuary in the United States.
Barhead Goose
Red-breasted Goose (novembergale)
This is an endangered Red-breasted Goose which originates from Siberia. They have been hunted to near extinction and are considered to be one of the most beautiful geese in the world. This photo was taken at the Gooseneck Hill Waterfowl Sanctuary in Delvan, New York which is the largest waterfowl sanctuary in the United States.
Red-breasted Goose
Colorful Wings (novembergale)
Showing off some very colorful wings!
Colorful Wings
Hawaiian Nene Goose (novembergale)
The population of the Hawaiian Nene Geese was reduced to 30 birds by 1952. It is the world's rarest goose. It is believed that there are 800 left in the wild and about 1,000 in captivity in zoos and sanctuaries. This photo was taken at the Gooseneck Hill Waterfowl Sanctuary in Delvan, New York which is the largest waterfowl sanctuary in the United States.
Hawaiian Nene Goose
The Swamp (novembergale)
One of my favorite birding spots this summer seems to be at its peak in beauty. All told I have seen Cedar Waxwings, Mallard and Wood Ducks, Yellowthroat Warblers, Kingbirds, Blue and Green Heron, Least and Spotted Sandpipers, Belted Kingfishers, Bald Eagles, Osprey, Great-crested Flycatchers, Purple Martins, Barn Swallows, Ruby-throated Hummingbirds and Canada Geese here.
The Swamp
Hawk Eye (novembergale)
Intense look from this big Red-tailed Hawk.
Hawk Eye
Elegance on Water (novembergale)
Elegance on Water
Once in a Blue Moon... (novembergale)
Once in a Blue Moon...

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9. novembergale
4:56 PM GMT on September 01, 2012
I'm still seeing one or two this morning here. I'm sorry to see them leave too. :-(
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8. NumberWise
1:51 AM GMT on September 01, 2012
Today was the first day that I didn't see any hummingbirds at my feeder. I've enjoyed them all summer, and I'm sorry to see them leave.
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7. novembergale
12:53 PM GMT on August 29, 2012
Awwww, thanks! You are too kind!
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6. NumberWise
2:52 AM GMT on August 27, 2012
My vocabulary isn't large enough. I'm running out of superlatives.
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5. NumberWise
12:57 AM GMT on August 27, 2012
I've enjoyed this wonderful collection of photos over and over. Each time you post a new one, I scroll slowly through them all. I was going to try to tell you which ones are my favorites, but they all are "favorite" in one way or another. The last two (of the hummingbirds) are simply stunning with their sharp detail.

I didn't see any hummingbirds at my feeder today. I sure will miss them!
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4. novembergale
1:14 AM GMT on August 13, 2012
Thanks! The barn swallows were a real treat. They were near the pier in Westfield (Barcelona Harbor) and were quite bold and unafraid. They let me get really close to them.
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3. NumberWise
12:40 AM GMT on August 13, 2012
I love the photos of the barn swallows. What attitudes they have!
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2. NumberWise
3:44 PM GMT on August 11, 2012
I agree with Pros - these photos are outstanding!

I noticed the white spot behind the eye on the hummingbird photos, so I went outside to observe the hummers that are coming to my feeder. Sure enough, they have that tiny white spot, but it's very difficult to see on that tiny bird who rarely stays still. As has happened before, I've seen something in your photos that I can find in my own little garden!
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1. Proserpina
7:35 PM GMT on August 10, 2012
Your August photos are outstanding. I especially like all of the wildlife photos.
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